Healthy habits can help prevent falling to illness bug

Greg Bintz, Sports editor

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I’ve hardly gotten sick in my life. In fact, I’ve gone two years without getting majorly sick.

However, for the last two months or so, I’ve heard many stories related to the fact that kids are missing school because of having the flu (or influenza), colds, coughs, and other viruses. It feels like I hear about them on a daily basis.

Nothing is funny about being sick, but I can’t help but chuckle to myself every once in a while. Why? Because in these two months where it feels like everyone is getting sick, I’ve stayed as healthy as I’ve ever been. Heck, I even got the flu shot, which isn’t always option A to staying healthy, and I’ve still maintained my health.

Although this story on Jan. 9 talked about the common sense of staying home, this article will give tips on how to get healthy (if you’re sick), and how to maintain the good health for a long time.

Recently, in an email sent out to De Pere School District parents, the District is “advising parents to:

  1. Keep your child home when sick – This includes keeping your child home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without using medicine that lowers fever
  2. Get your child a flu shot if they have not had one yet
  3. Remind your child to practice good hand washing
  4. Remind your child to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze”

These are great tips. However, I’m going to amend this list and mention a few other tips that can help for long-term well-being.

First off, keeping a kid home when sick is vital – the spreading of germs will make everything worse.

The second tip, which is getting a flu shot, is not always the best-case-scenario. According to Simplemost, the flu shot is only ten percent effective so far in 2018, and chicken eggs put in the vaccine may be to blame (that fact probably just scrambled your mind).

The third and fourth steps can be summarized in one, because those are also common sense.


  • Take your body weight, and cut it in half. Yep, that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking a day (ex: if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces a day). “Drinking enough water every day is essential for optimal health”, according to It sounds difficult, but trust me, it’s not. I try to drink 83 ounces a day, maybe a little more depending on the physical activity I do in a day. The stomach will get used to the water (not to mention around 70-72 percent of our muscles are made up of water). Drinking a glass of water right after you get out of bed in the morning also helps get rid of toxins and inflammatory subjects throughout the body.
  • Get good sleep. Ever since the fifth grade, De Pere students have all been taught to get at least eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Exercise. Even a half hour can help improve and maintain health. Moving the body and getting proper exercise (with correct form) is crucial.

In the end, I am getting “sick” and tired of hearing all these people getting viruses. It has got to stop at some point, and it starts with these tips.

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Healthy habits can help prevent falling to illness bug