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Dec 8, 2023

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Staying healthy during wintertime doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with this tried-and-true health advice from the experts at Maple, an online health-care platform available to CAA Members, for a fighting chance for a healthy winter.

Eat well and hydrate

Strive for a balanced diet that includes foods that boost the immune system such as a range of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (such as avocado and olive oils) and protein to help ensure your body receives essential vitamins and nutrients. Hydrate throughout the day. Water is the best option— between two and three litres per day, depending on your activity level.

Rest and activity

Sleep and exercise are the foundation of health. Aim for about seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Consider a routine—go to bed at the same time at night and wake up at the same time each morning. Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Any form of exercise can make a difference.

Take precautions

The flu shot has been proven to reduce your risk of getting sick with the flu or reduce the severity of flu symptoms should you contract it. (Be sure to consult with a doctor to determine what’s best for you.) Wash your hands regularly and consider wearing a mask in crowded spaces.

Get help

If you get sick, continue to focus on rest, nutrition and hydration. Over-the-counter medications may offer relief. If your symptoms persist or cause concern, speak with a healthcare provider. With Maple virtual care, CAA Members and dependents can connect to a Canadian-licensed general practitioner anytime, at home or abroad. Get 24/7 on-demand access to Canadian-licensed general practitioners. Don’t wait until you feel unwell to set up your Maple account. Enrolling is easy and can give you the peace of mind that you and your family members have quick access to care when you need it.

Tackle cold and flu season like a pro.

To get started, visit caasco.com/maple and have your CAA Membership Card ready.

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