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4 Tips for Staying Healthy If You're New to Houston

Aug. 3, 2020 - Daniel Ford

Welcome to Houston! No matter if you're new to the Bayou City or just moved back after some time away, we're really glad you're here. As you're settling in and checking things off your to-do list, it's important to remember to make your health a priority.

We're here to help with some key tips on how to stay healthy as you make Houston your new home.

Stay safe in the heat

With triple-digit temperatures and high humidity, Houston summers can be challenging for even the most intrepid warm-weather lover. If you plan on spending time outdoors this summer, it's critical you take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related injuries, such as heat stroke.

In most cases, heat stroke results from exercising outside in the heat without proper hydration. But, when it's really hot outside, you don't even have to be exercising to develop heat stroke. It's essential that you:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress in cool clothing and stay out of direct sunlight
  • Use sweat-resistant sunscreen
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak temperatures

Enjoy Houston's healthy food options — to go

Houston is famous for its food, and for good reason: The city's dynamic food culture offers something for every palate. From traditional Texas barbecue and Gulf Coast seafood to the vast array of international cuisine, there are lots of tasty and even healthy options to choose from.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are dining out less and, instead, ordering takeout to go or for delivery. If you pick up food yourself, wear a cloth face mask, avoid touching your face and be sure to wash your hands after. If you have food delivered, ask about "no contact delivery" — which may help reduce your chance of getting sick.

Learn how to exercise at home safely

The pandemic has forced many of us to swap gym time and fitness classes for at-home workouts. But, if you're new to at-home workouts, you may be wondering if you're doing them right — and whether or not your fitness is suffering. Rest assured, though, that there are steps you can take to make your at-home workouts effective and safe, such as wearing the right type of shoes, setting aside time to warm up, drinking plenty of water and creating a dedicated space for your workout.

Schedule your annual checkup

Maintaining your overall health is more important than ever — and there is no better resource than your primary care doctor in helping you identify key lifestyle changes that can provide the greatest impact on your health.

Additionally, having a primary care doctor who knows you and your health baseline is important for when you aren't feeling your best. In fact, your doctor may be able to help prevent some illness altogether through your physical exam.

If you need a primary care doctor, you can find one by visiting Find a Doctor and calling the provider's number listed, or calling or texting 346.291.2850 for help finding one.

Get your free first-aid kit or face mask

If you've recently moved to Houston, we would like to send you a free first-aid kit or face mask to welcome you to the neighborhood. Click here to request your welcome gift.

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