The big chill

It is officially flu season and those who work in offices or schools know how quickly illness spreads. Keep yourself and others healthy by taking extra preventative care during the next few months. According to experts, a vegetable-heavy diet will help keep your immune system strong. Supplemental vitamins are helpful, but the truly effective nutrients come straight from fresh, raw and organic produce. Regular exercise is recommended year-round but especially in preventing sickness and seasonal lethargy. Wash your hands often and drink a lot of water, but stay away from sugary juices. Local pharmacies offer flu shots but don’t wait too long to get vaccinated—preventative measures work best when taken early.