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May is Lupus Awareness Month

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This May, in recognition of Lupus Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health is working to raise awareness about lupus. Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat.

The best things for us in life don’t always come easy. That’s certainly true for physical health. Everyone knows exercise will do them some good, but few are willing to put in the time and effort. And who can blame them?

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The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County urges everyone to be safe during this recent cold weather. Some safety tips are: Stay indoors as much as possible. If you go outside, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. - Be sure to check on family and friends who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults, and those who are chronically ill. - Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. - Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by NEVER using a generator, charcoal or gas grills indoors, even in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO detector. - Leave your home's water taps slightly open so they drip continuously and pipes won't freeze. - Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Drink warm beverages instead. - Provide pets a warm shelter. - Wild animals can be displaced by cold weather. Stay clear of wild or feral animals, especially if they look sick or appear injured. For more information on cold weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Winter Weather Preparedness page

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