Fresh Air and Sun | Coronavirus Update

From eNewsletter 3/18/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior builds on years of previous research demonstrating the value of family meals? How apropos.

There are two notable findings to this study: 1) Family meals improve fruit and vegetable consumption. 2) Family meals improve family functioning, defined as family connectedness, communication, expressiveness, and problem-solving.

If you live alone, eat your meals with family or friends on Facetime!


As you know, there is a new normal for preventing COVID-19, the respiratory infection caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. While life as we know it has been turned upside down, this does not change the fact that you need to do everything possible to keep yourself well.

There are universal precautions you can take to protect yourself and your immune system. Older persons with one or more health conditions should pay special attention. These recommendations are not just applicable for preventing COVID-19, but for preventing other viruses linked to the common cold, influenza, the stomach flu, and more.

Do not touch your face. If you do touch your face, make sure it is with clean hands.

Avoid or severely limit sugar. This includes added sugar, sweets, sugary beverages, or any other sugary product that is not naturally occurring (i.e., fruit is fine). Sugar weakens the immune system more than any foodstuff.