Is Your Work Environment Making You Sick?

If you find yourself continuously experiencing signs of a cold in the winter, you might not have to look any further than your work space. A number of things can lead to an unhealthy work place but experts agree that long hours, high stress and negative work environments contribute to unhealthy jobs.

The folks at Monster.com took a look at some healthy professions and extracted the healthiest qualities of each. Some of these professions, according to the article, include activity specialists, chiropractors, choreographers, florists, massage therapists, nutritionists, personal trainers, professors, running coaches and yoga instructors. We therefore recommend taking healthy aspects of those careers and trying to find ways that you can incorporate such relevant practices into your work place.

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The Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team shares some of these healthy work qualities, as well as tips on how you can incorporate them into your everyday work regimen, no matter where you work! With these tips you can start to make your current workplace a healthier, more positive environment that could reduce the likelihood of the common cold and other illnesses and benefit your overall quality of life.

  • Think about what you’re eating. It is time to get rid of the idea that you simply “don’t have the time” to take care of yourself or worry about your diet. Take the Personal Trainers for example. Even though they spend their days exercising, they take time to think about what they are putting in their bodies to be in the best shape possible. Read nutrition labels and really see what you are putting in your body. Make it easier by bringing your lunch, stocking your drawers with healthy snacks and getting rid of anything that may tempt you.
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  • Surround yourself with beauty. Florists are surrounded by beauty all day long and allow themselves to be inspired by the nature around them. Just because you are not a florist or a landscaper, does not mean you can’t be inspired by nature as well. Allow yourself to be inspired by your workplace surroundings and replace those drab gray walls with images of things you find beautiful or relaxing. Keep your workspace uncluttered and get some simple, pretty flowers each week in a small vase on your desk. It may also help to add some family photos or items you love to make you feel more at home, comfortable and less stressed.
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  • Craft a healthy lifestyle outside of the office. Chiropractors and Nutritionists focus on long-term overall well-being and living a healthy lifestyle versus a short-term New Year resolution that often lasts only a mere two weeks after the holiday. Make a commitment to yourself and stick to it. By creating a healthy lifestyle outside of the office, it becomes easier to transfer these healthy habits into your daily work routine as well.
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  • Work as a team. Choreographers are always working with a team. If one person succeeds, you all succeed and it makes achieving your goals that much more rewarding. At work, try to create more group projects so you can depend on each other and not take the entire load of stress by yourself. Team projects can also help build office morale and create a more productive work environment.

Tell us your favorite health practices in or outside of your work environment by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or right here on the Get Well Sooner Blog and connecting with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Community.

Cold-EEZE Plunges in to 2013

Happy 2013 to all of the members of the Cold-EEZE Community! We hope that it’s off to a healthy start!

While many of us spent New Year’s Day trying to catch up on sleep and staying warm, Cold-EEZE and MTV’s Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino teamed up in sub-freezing temperatures for the second year in a row in Coney Island, New York to take an annual dip at the 2013 Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge.

Although Coney Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the energy was sky-high on January 1st as Vinny, wearing a Cold-EEZE bathing suit and cap, and hundreds of other hardy plungers, clad only in bathing suits (and a few interesting costumes including a mermaid!) took their places along the beach. Hundreds of additional onlookers huddled together in the 30-degree temperatures, shaking their heads in disbelief to join in on the countdown before all the participants sprinted towards the chilly waters of the Atlantic to take their first swim of 2013.

The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge is a tradition that dates back to 1903 and was originally believed to serve as a boost to one’s stamina, virility and immunity. No stranger to the need for stamina after six seasons of the Jersey Shore, Guadagino cites the event as a seasonal favorite.

“This is like my new tradition,” Guadagnino said. “It’s a great highlight of the year, and a way to kick off the New Year.”

Vinny also went on his Twitter account (@VINNYGUADAGNINO) to Tweet to his 3+ million followers about the event saying:

In addition to promoting positive health practices, Guadagnino and Cold-EEZE were on hand to raise money to support Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for kids with life threatening illnesses and their families as well as the efforts to rebuild Coney Island following some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Throughout the festive event, onlookers and participants alike were handed samples of Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products ranging from our clinically proven zinc lozenges to our new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts to help reinforce the message of health and wellness for the New Year.

If you missed out on the 2013 Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge and would still like to contribute to the great causes the event benefits, please feel free to visit http://www.campsunshine.org/ and http://coneyrecovers.org/polarplunge for more information about how to give. You can also view photos from our New Year’s Day at Coney Island here: http://www.facebook.com/ColdEEZE/photos_stream

And don’t forget to log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook Page or the Get Well Sooner Blog to connect with the Cold-EEZE community. While you’re there, let us know if you participated in a Polar Bear Plunge and please share your experience as well as pictures. If not, we would love to hear how you and your family plunged into the New Year!

Ring in 2013 in Good Health!

As the end of the holiday season often leaves us feeling exhausted and sick due to the ongoing festivities (which equate to lack of sleep and over eating and drinking), and time spent traveling in cars, trains and planes (where germs are known to fester), it is important for us to arm ourselves with tools that promote good health and habits. Check out Cold-EEZE’s Top 5 recommendations that help nurture a happy and healthy 2013 (and best of all, they’re all under $50!).

1. For the tea drinkers…
Poketo Tea-for-One Brewing Set: There are great health benefits when it comes to drinking tea. First, tea contains antioxidants which fight off a lot of common cold and flu germs, it has less caffeine than coffee, and that it is known to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes!

The Poketo Tea-for-One brewing set is not only a mini kettle, but also comes with a mug – perfect for the tea drinkers who are on the go! ($29.00)

2. Moisturize Naturally…
Tay Shea Butter: Raw shea butter needs no processing to work its healing properties on the skin and hair. Shea butter restores elasticity to the skin, alleviates sunburns and reduces scarring! Why let the person you care about moisturize with a bunch of chemicals instead of something organic and natural?

Tay Shea Butter is an all natural pure, organic shea butter with organic rosemary essential oil. ($28.00)

3. A Little R&R…
Hot Toddy for the Body: Many of us associate a “hot toddy” with the seasons comforting and most holiday-spirited drink. Instead, apply a hot toddy to your body! Ward off the dull winter skin with a warming treatment, allowing your loved one’s body to relax and unwind.

Hot Toddy for the Body is a powerful, warming, two-part treatment of organic oranges, clove, cinnamon, calendula, and soy oil to stimulate circulation, ease fatigue, and even the skin tone. ($38.00).

4. Wipe away the winter blues…
Ashley’s Tissue Box Cover: Does your loved one have the sniffles or another sign of the common cold? While catering to their every need and want, give them Cold-EEZE whenever they start to feel cold symptoms and cheer them up with this elegant, bright and positive tissue box.

Tissue boxes always look so bland. This elegant tissue box cover is about 5″ wide by 5.5″ tall and fits nicely over a standard square tissue box. ($35.00)

5. Wash Away the Germs Naturally…
Lemongrass Eucalyptus Soap: The most effective and easiest way to stay healthy is to wash your hands constantly. Try a bar with Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is essential for treating a number of respiratory problems including common cold symptoms, cough, running nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis.

The Lemongrass Eucalyptus Soap is an all natural, handmade, moisturizing soap that is scented with pure essential oils. The ingredients include oils of organic coconut, organic palm oil, organic castor oil, water, Lemongrass essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil. ($8.00)

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog to let us know your recommendations for healthy must-haves for the new year, or to share feedback on the ones we’ve provided. We look forward to hearing from you! And don’t forget to take Cold-EEZE whenever you start to feel cold symptoms during the cold winter months.

December Fan Spotlight – Michelle S.

Tis the season for holiday get-togethers and gatherings with loved ones to create long-lasting memories. In the spirit of enjoying the moments both large and small, we wanted to spotlight photographer Michelle Smith of Grand Rapids, MI as our December Fan of the Month. Michelle is a photographer known for capturing her subjects during honest and memorable moments, which is likely where her blog’s name “True Light Images”, came from. We spoke with Michelle recently to get her take on favorite winter time activities, the impending holidays and of course, staying healthy enough to do it all. Learn all about Michelle’s routine for treating a cold and her common cold tips!

Name: Michelle S.

State: MI

Website / Twitter handle: http://www.truelightimages.net / Chellebelle416

When did you start your website? 2011

You have a lot of interests, what would you say is your favorite way to spend the winter months? Spend my time? Probably listening to good music curled up with a good book/magazine, or watching a good comedy.

How are you planning on celebrating the holidays this year? Holidays are usually spent with family and close friends, looking forward to getting together with everyone.

What is your stay-healthy philosophy? I think a balanced diet is very important. What we put in our bodies directly correlates with our health and longevity…

What is most comforting for you when you’re sick? My bed, a feel good movie, and my boyfriend.

What do you hate most about being sick? Not being active.

How did you discover Cold-EEZE? I do not remember, I have been a fan since you guys had the plastic bags… lol!! I think I saw it in CVS and was curious and decided to try it

What is your advice to others for staying healthy this cough / cold season? Wash your hands!

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog to let us know what your favorite photograph is and why it means so much to you. And don’t forget, to preserve your health like you preserve your memories by taking Cold-EEZE at the first sign, or anytime, to shorten your cold during the holiday/winter months.

Healthy Holiday Travel Tips for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, it’s expected that more than 37 million Americans will take a trip of 50 miles or more from home according to AAA. With so many people on the road and in the sky, it’s important to make staying healthy a priority by taking the necessary steps to help protect against the transference of cough and common cold germs. Until our bodies have the chance to adapt to a new environment, we’re often at our most susceptible for illness which is why this year, Dr. Jennifer Collins, Cold-EEZE’s resident MD, is doling out her best tips for healthy, holiday travel:

1. Wipe it Down!

Who wants to eat stuffing when suffering from cold symptoms? That’s why I recommend carrying antibacterial wipes so that surfaces on planes or in cars can be wiped down. Pay extra attention to wiping down commonly-touched products and areas such as the belt buckle, food trays and latch, volume control, and armrests.

2. Keep it Clean!

I know that holidays are the perfect time for giving family and friends hugs and kisses but always remember to wash your hands especially before and after coming into contact with your own or a loved one’s eyes, nose or mouth. Keeping hands clean is a great way of avoiding the transference of common cold germs.

3. Shorten Your Cold!

Instead of suffering through the long holiday weekend, if you feel the onset of a cold coming, be sure to take Cold-EEZE at the first sign or anytime to shorten the duration of your cold, minimizing the amount of time you are sick to better enjoy Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Cold-EEZE zinc lozenges have been found to decrease the duration of colds by nearly half in studies by Dartmouth College and the Cleveland Clinic. * When you’re not sick with the common cold, you also can’t spread it to your loved ones!

4. Take Your Vitamins!

When taken correctly, immune-boosting complex vitamin formulations can help to counter stress, which is known to lower your resistance to common ailments like certain coughs and the common cold. As we all know, traveling with the family can be particularly stressful, it’s good to have all the extra help you can get!

5. Be Your Best Self!

Take steps to give your body a break this holiday by honing in on the basics. It’s not surprising what good hydration, good nutrition and exercise can do to offer the body the support it needs to stay healthy and at its best this Thanksgiving. To further help your system, try to load up on foods that are high in antioxidants and can help fend off the cold virus. Some seasonal favorites that do the trick include apples, raisins, asparagus, pumpkin, squash and spinach.

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook Page or the Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know what healthy holiday travel tips you will be implementing to feel your best this Thanksgiving.

* Cleveland Clinic (1996) and Dartmouth College (1992) studies demonstrate that Cold-EEZE lozenges shorten the duration of the common cold by nearly half. Visit ColdEEZE.com for more information.

The Doctor Is In

Cough and cold season is officially here and Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy is here to help by offering its Doctor Is In online help service. Starting this week through March 1st, 2013, Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD, who specializes in allergy and immunology, is on-call and ready to help answer all of your medically-related cough and cold questions including how to shorten the duration of the common cold.

The Doctor is In is a free service that can be found on Cold-EEZE’s Facebook Page that allows users to ask questions relating to their common cold concerns by simply filling out the questionnaire form displayed. Every week, Dr. Collins will respond to your inquires in an effort to provide cold solutions and help you get well sooner.

Additionally, users can utilize various keywords such as “cold prevention” or “cold remedies” to search through the Doctor Is In knowledgebase section to view previous questions and answers from Dr. Collins to learn more about their cold symptoms and how to start getting healthy.

So this winter season, whether you’re feeling a tickle in your throat, suffering from endless sniffling or sneezing or just want to learn how to shorten a cold, log on to www.Facebook.com/ColdEEZE, click on the Doctor Is In tab and pay a quick visit to Dr. Collins for advice on how to kick your cold to the curb.

Meet Dr. Collins, MD
Dr. Jennifer Collins, MD practices allergy and immunology in New York City where she sees patients with recurrent colds, nasal congestion and sore throats on a daily basis. As a board certified internist and allergy and asthma specialist, Dr. Collins has a unique perspective on diagnosing and treating coughs and colds. She received her doctorate of medicine from Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She went on to train in internal medicine with Beth Israel Medical Center in NY, NY and then received fellowship training in allergy and immunology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. After graduation she joined the faculty at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary as an Assistant Professor.

Her interests include the allergic sinus disease, asthma, hives, skin allergy, and food allergies. She particularly is interested in identifying the cause of and finding the correct treatments of the common cold because she understands how the symptoms affect all aspects of a person’s life from personal relationships, sleep, work and school. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is an active member of the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She maintains a professional blog, “Itchy and Scratchy,” http://www.jennifercollinsmd.blogspot.com where she provides information and advice on fighting allergies and asthma in New York City.

September Fan Spotlight: Erin

As we enter into our next peak cough / cold season, we would like to take the time to profile a few of our favorite Cold-EEZE cold remedy users with ongoing posts introducing our fans along with their common cold stories and how Cold-EEZE helps to shorten a cold so they can do what they do best. September’s Fan Spotlight belongs to Erin, a Tennessee-based wife, mother of two and cooking blogger. We first met Erin when she was coming down with cold symptoms and Tweeted how she was in need of Cold-EEZE. Just a few days later, we checked in to find that she was back to feeling 100%, which is a good thing because we need Erin to get back to giving us delicious recipe ideas on her wonderful blog “One Particular Kitchen” which covers everything from baking basics to the tools needed to do so. Here’s what Erin has to say about hunger, health and happiness!

Name:
Erin of “One Particular Kitchen”

Website / Twitter handle:
Oneparticularkitchen.com / @opkitchen

When did you start your website?
January of 2009

What was your motivation?
Honestly, I was just trying to be more organized about keeping all my favorite recipes in one place, and an easy way to share them when friends asked for a particular recipe. I was so pleasantly surprised when it grew from that!

How old were you when you started cooking?
Younger than I can even remember. My parents had us all in the kitchen as soon as possible, even if it was just for something as simple as stirring muffin batter.

Are you a believer in the philosophy that the “key to a man’s heart is through his stomach?”
I don’t know if it gets you to his heart, but it sure doesn’t hurt for keeping you there! I married a Detroit Yankee who would now be hard pressed to go without chicken and dumplings, biscuits and gravy, and cornbread. That’s no accident. ;)

Chicken Pot Pie

What would you say your family’s favorite dish of yours is and why?
Probably chicken pot pie. It’s something everyone likes, and it’s just such comfort food! I also love it because it’s an easy freezer meal; I can always make a few at a time and stash them in the freezer for busy nights later on.

What is your stay-healthy philosophy?
Eat real food! Don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce.

What is most comforting for you when you’re suffering from the common cold?
Blankets and sweatshirts. I’m always freezing when I’m sick!

What do you hate most about being sick?
I hate that I don’t have time to be sick. Ha! I homeschool my five year old while also entertaining my 9 month old, so, like a lot of folks, I have no such thing as a sick day.

How did you discover Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy?
When I was a nanny for twin girls and their older brother I got really sick and went to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t something terrible I was going to pass along to the kids. The doctor said it was a virus, so no need for antibiotics, but to “eat Cold-EEZE like it’s candy.” I did, it worked, and I’ve been a believer ever since!

What is your advice to other families for staying healthy this cough / cold season?
Eat good food, get good rest if you can, and wash your hands with plain old soap and water early and often. And, along with Cold-EEZE, don’t underestimate the magical power of hot sauce for stuffiness.

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog to let us know what recipes help you and your family to stay healthy or feel better when you’re under the weather and remember to take Cold-EEZE at the first sign, or anytime, to shorten your cold.

Walk This Way! Celebrating Women’s Health & Fitness Day

On Wednesday, September 26th, in honor of Women’s Health & Fitness Day, more than 1,000 groups across the United States are making women’s health a priority by hosting health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, and other community locations. These events vary but will largely include noncompetitive walking events, exercise demonstrations, health screenings and health information workshops. The idea is to promote the importance of regular physical activity and overall health awareness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity such as simply walking, not only helps with weight control but also provides many health benefits including the prevention of early death and chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer. Walking is also a proven form of cold prevention! Below, check out some of the fundamentals of everyone’s favorite basic (yet effective!) exercise to stay healthy; walking.

Get Started Now!

Gear Up! As if women didn’t already love an excuse to shop, it’s important to have comfortable footwear. Talk to a professional or a footwear sales representative about the proper arch support, a firm heel and soles that are thick enough to absorb some of the shock. Clothing should not only be weather-appropriate but also loose fitting, and breathable.

Warm Up! Before you start stepping, it’s important to warm up so that you increase the blood flow and reduce the risk of injury. Start simple by performing 6-8 rounds of ankle circles (per ankle); 15-20 leg swings (nice and easy!); and 10-12 arm circles (per arm).

Start Up! It doesn’t matter whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned walker, it’s always best to start slow and easy. Try just walking as far or as fast as you find comfortable. Be sure to set personal goals for yourself and your family whether it’s to walk a certain amount of days per week or a certain amount of miles. Keeping track of progress will also help you to stay motivated and will serve as a good reflection tool to track improvement.

Slow Up! Remember that cooling down after each walking session will help to reduce stress on your heart and muscles so it’s important to walk slowly for about 5 minutes and then repeat stretches.

Not only will walking help women maintain their overall long-term health but in one study reported in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half-hour every day for one year had half of the number of colds as women who did not exercise. So stay healthy, take Cold-EEZE at the whenever you start to feel cold symptoms to shorten your cold and try lacing up the sneaks, grabbing the kids, the gals, the family dog or WHOEVER to prevent colds this season!

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook Page or the Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know what you and your friends have planned to celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day this September 26th.

Cold Tips: Do the Vampire Sneeze!!

Cold Tips:Back to School Healthy Habits to Teach the Kids

As we zip up the backpacks, double-check the shoelaces and make sure our little champs eat a healthy breakfast, every parent (and teacher!) worries about them coming to class with the dreaded common cold symptoms – sniffles, the throat tickles and the occasional ACHOO!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold and more than 22 million school days are lost each year due to cold symptoms alone. This is most apparent in schools, as they tend to “encourage” cold viruses to pass from person to person because many people are in close contact and share supplies and equipment (not to mention the occasional gummy bear or Oreo cookie).

Fortunately, there are some ways that educators and parents can make sure kids practice healthy habits, so the cold virus is contained and isn’t passed from one friend to another, to another…to another.

Do You Vampire Sneeze?
Since sneezing into your hands can actually help germs transfer to others, sneeze into the crook of your elbow (it’s the most fun when you pretend you’re Count Dracula each time you feel a sneeze coming on). By sneezing into your clothes, you can lower the chances of transferring germs to your friends or classmates. You can also use the crook of your elbow when you’re coughing!

What’s Your Hand Etiquette?
Not everyone may practice this, but one of the easiest ways to keep germs from spreading is to WASH YOUR HANDS! Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep from spreading illnesses like the cold virus. Germs are everywhere, from your desk, to the pencil sharpener, to the monkey bars and jungle gym. With a simple wash of the hands (make sure to use soap; the more bubbles, the better!), we can STOP those germs from reaching our mouths, noses and eyes, which are the main entry points for germs. For school trips, teachers should carry a hand sanitizer or antimicrobial solution.

Make sure kids (and adults) are washing their hands for at least 20 seconds! Make it a game and let kids time their hand washing routine with a watch or stopwatch. Another fun idea that the Center for Disease Control recommends is for children to sing “Happy Birthday” twice to reach the suggested 20 seconds. The entire hand should be scrubbed, including the wrist, hands, between fingers and under the fingernails!

Show Me Your Nom Nom Style!
Gummy bears and Oreos are tasty, but they actually lower your immune system and make you more likely to catch a cold. To keep your system strong like Superman’s, eat healthy and well-balanced meals throughout the day. Foods such as oranges, avocadoes, tomatoes, yogurt and lean meats have all the nutrients and vitamins to keep common colds at bay!

If you follow these fun tips, you should catch less common colds but in the event that you still come down with a pesky cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, or sneezing, try Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy. Cold-EEZE throat lozenges are clinically proven to shorten a cold. And don’t forget, for students under 12 years of age, please consult a health professional prior to use.

Also, log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know some of your favorite “Back to School Healthy Habits” that help you and your favorite students prevent the common cold or help shorten the common cold so that everyone can have a happy and healthy school year!

The Common Cold – Digital Diagnosis

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably well-aware of the importance of social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. We all know that Twitter can be a useful tool for breaking news, hot new songs and up-to-the-minute sports scores but did you also know that one of the hottest social media platforms now has the capability of predicting when breakouts of illnesses such as the common cold and flu are occurring? It’s true! According to Adam Sadilek, Postdoctoral Fellow and his research team at the University of Rochester in New York, now thanks to Twitter, it’s possible to predict when any given individual will come down with a pesky, old common cold (even eight days before they show symptoms!).

It’s not as farfetched as it sounds. In fact, what the Rochester team did was analyze geolocated Tweets for one month in 2010 that indicated when a person was showing signs of a cold. During this process, and faced with an overwhelming number of “sick” Tweets, the team was then obligated to come up with an algorithm to differentiate Tweets about being physically sick (like the common cold) as opposed to just “tired of” something like weather, politics, noise, etc.

Once the Tweets were separated into the correct categories, the team then tracked individuals who visited the same 100 by 100 meter cell within a given timeframe which led them to accurately predict (with a 90% accuracy rate!) if the person would be sick in eight days. Quite simply, the experiment was able to locate all of the common cold virus “hotspots.”

Like any groundbreaking experiment, there are of course flaws to this method. For example, people who don’t consistently Tweet about their common cold symptoms or just the notion that there are multiple reasons why people get sick in the first place.

If anything, this research does generate ideas about public health issues and might one day serve as a useful personal tool when debating whether or not to go to the mall or movie theater on a particular day, or head out of town. Unfortunately, as it seems now, some illnesses are just plain unavoidable but it is an interesting idea that one day, we might have the ability to control which ones we actually come into contact with at all.

Log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know if you have ever written a Facebook status or Tweeted about getting sick or catching the common cold. You might be part of the solution! And remember, if you have come into contact with a cold virus “hotspot” and have any of the early signs or symptoms of the common cold, Cold-EEZE lozenges, Oral Spray and new Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts will all shorten your cold, so you can get back to Tweeting what’s really important to you!

July Fan Spotlight: Lauren H.

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Lauren H., a Florida-based blogger with an array of fitness-related passions: yoga, running, and CrossFit. A personal trainer, Lauren has her Level 2 teaching certification in yoga, and keeps a blog (laurenhaggett.com) to chronicle her healthy life. What do we love about her blog? Many things, like how Lauren fully admits that she is no angel when it comes to staying away from guilty pleasures. As many of us can relate, she’s experienced her share of struggling to stay consistent over the years—and she declares that she’ll never swear off her beloved pizza. But her lifelong love of staying active centers her and ultimately keeps her coming back to fitness.

When did you start your blog?

I just started my blog in February 2012, so not too long ago. I started it as an outlet to creatively write. At the time I was in a job where I was stuck to ‘news’ writing only and I needed more! I’ve always had a dream to own my own business one day, and my blog is a good way to start gaining a following. I love how I feel when I take care of my body, so I want to help other people take care of themselves and be healthy as well.

Tell us a little bit about CrossFit and Yoga

In March, I just finished my level 1 and 2 certifications in Yoga through YogaFit. I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, so my desire to gain more knowledge in Yoga sparked from wanting to be able to pass along the practice of Yoga to more family, friends and clients. My sister is a Level 1 certified CrossFit trainer, so she definitely got me hooked back in 2007. I don’t only do CrossFit, as I like to vary my workouts a lot, but I love the competitive edge that comes with a good group CrossFit workout. Eventually, I would love to get my Level 1 certification as well. 

Lauren is participating in the Under Armour Challenge – a contest that challenges women to set a fitness goal for themselves, and then meet it. Can you tell us a little bit about the Under Armour Challenge? What made you want to participate? What has been the hardest, easiest and best part of participating?

I’m such a competitive person that I couldn’t resist the UA competition. It was such a fun way to push myself to reach a new goal! Watching how hard the other women pushed was so inspiring too. The hardest part was remembering to document as much as possible via photo or video. I’ve never been the picture taker in the group, but I’m trying, and the competition helped with that for sure. The easiest part of the challenge was deciding on my goal. It was a given for me to make a running goal to beat. I played soccer growing up and into high school, but running was never fun for me. I’d love for running to be enjoyable for me sometime in my life. Hopefully sooner rather than later! My goal was to break 5 miles by June 26 and I ran 6 miles that day. :) The best moment was feeling like I was a part of this awesome group of women from all over the country! It was amazing to log on and see all their different stories. It encouraged me to share my story and keep driving toward my goal.

Your stay-healthy philosophy?

My stay-healthy philosophy is pretty simple: Everything in moderation. I’m never going to be that person that doesn’t ever pick up a piece of pizza again. I LOVE PIZZA! I firmly believe there is a balance to being healthy. Smaller portions, a consistent work out schedule and lots of fruits, veggies and H2O are vital. The most successful healthy lifestyle is one that is sustainable for a lifetime.
 
What do you find most comforting when you’re sick?

A comfy couch, my hubby, my pups and some good snoozin’! Honestly, when I’m sick my body takes it pretty hard. I try to rest up and not burn the candle at both ends.
 
Something that makes you smile on a daily basis?

I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Cory, for nearly 4 years now and I seriously cannot think of a day that he doesn’t make me smile. When I’m around him, all is well… even if I am a little under the weather.
 
What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Ever since my mom told me about Cold-EEZE, it’s the first thing I take. I really felt a significant difference the last time I was sick and I attribute that to Cold-EEZE. The first day of my cold I felt really crappy, but I started taking Cold-EEZE right away and I was able to go to work the next day. I don’t like to take medications unless I absolutely have to, so Cold-EEZE is great for beating a cold early.
 
What do you hate most about being sick?

I hate not being able to be active and work out or run. When I’m sick I really like to relax and try to get better as soon as possible, so it really sets me back sometimes. But, you have to pick back up and get back on the bandwagon no matter what. Healthy bodies get sick less… in my experience. :)

Lauren signs off every post with the phrase, “Strong. Healthy. Balanced”—words that resonate with us at Cold-EEZE. We’ve always advocated health and moderation, so we’re going to echo her now. Till next week – be strong, be healthy, be balanced!

Tell us: what new workout goal is inspiring you lately?