Today is a Great Day to Start.
It starts with standing up and taking that short walk! That’s right; a short 10-minute walk is a great way to break out of the winter doldrums, the COVID confinement, sedentary habits, and the jumpstart to an 8-week moderate but healthy walking plan. Aim to walk at least five days a week. Start out warming up with a five-minute, slower-paced walk. Slow your pace to cool down during the last five minutes of your walk. Check with your healthcare provider before beginning any new recreation if you have been sedentary, have serious health issues, or are over 40 years old.
Physical activity is an essential tool that individuals can use to improve their overall health. It provides many health benefits, such as reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, improving sleep and quality of life, lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and reducing the risk of developing many types of cancer.
Gov. Lamont announced a schedule for age-based eligibility for the next several months. Laying out a new timeline for eligibility for the vaccine, the strategy allows everyone in the state, including essential workers and those with chronic conditions, to know when they will be able to schedule an appointment.
Here is the schedule:
- March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
- March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
- April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
- May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34
Chronic Illness Prevention
If you have Asthma/ COPD, Diabetes, Heart Disease,or Obesity, please take extra care.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.
***The following is not a complete list of “at increased risk” conditions, for a complete list go to CDC.gov:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Taking all precautions of social distancing, hygiene, mask wearing, and managing lifestyle behaviors that manage these conditions will ensure you are helping to minimize the risk of severe COVID illness.