Child Playing in Leaves

It's that time of year when we get ready for a shift in seasons as the days get shorter and fall's crisp, cool breeze permeates the air. Fall sets in motion the start of the cold and flu season, so it's critical for families to take preventive measures to stay healthy. Luckily, the Y has put together this fall guide to assist your family in navigating the season with resilience because we recognize the value of family health and well-being.

Build Strong Immunity Together: 

A strong immune system is essential for staying healthy during the fall season. From what you eat to personal hygiene or immune-compromised diseases, can influence how your family's immune system holds up during this flu and cold season. 

A balanced diet should contain plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy grains for your family. Essential vitamins and minerals from these foods enhance immune system health. According to Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, "Examples of nutrients that have been identified as critical for the growth and function of immune cells include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein (including the amino acid glutamine)." 

Another big factor in our immune system is taking the time to have respiratory etiquette and hand washing regularly. To prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, covering one's mouth when coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose within private and public spaces. Washing your hand regularly and after coughing or sneezing can help prevent the spread of germs as well. If you or your family are interested in learning more on respiratory etiquette, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's prevention guide for flu and cold season. 

Father and Daughter Cooking

Bumble Up Together and Prepare for the Weather:

Living in Washington we all know and have experience the unpredictable weather, however, preparing ahead of time might save you and your child from getting sick this autumn. The Y has prepared a check list of weather ready clothing for families and children.

1. Base Layer: Long Johns thermal set

2. Warm Layer: Pants and light jacket 

3. Warm Socks: Long Socks or Wool Socks 

4. Rain Boots: Waterproof shoes 

5. Optional: Umbrella (even though Washingtonian never use an umbrella) 

Mother and Son running

With those basic outfit guidelines in mind, we hope that you and your family can stay warm and healthy this autumn. As we continue into the season please keep a look out for our Family Guides for a Healthy Winter in December! To learn more about the Y, and available resources visit