Being prepared for cold weather

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 8, 2016

It’s easy to spot someone who isn’t originally from a certain area; I am living proof of that.

While covering local football games in late November, I was walking the sidelines with short sleeves and shorts, which was a terrible idea because it made me vulnerable to illnesses like the flu.

Before moving to Mississippi in May, I thought I was going to experience summer weather year-round. Boy, was I wrong.

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I learned quickly that the weather here is actually better than the weather I experienced in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, I could experience four seasons in a week. It could snow one day and be weather worthy of wearing shorts the next.

Mississippi can be very similar, but it still shocks me to this day.

When I initially thought of Mississippi, I categorized it in the Deep South, where it is comfortable to walk outside in summer attire during December.

I recently went to cover the Poplarville Hornets football team play in the 4A State Championship game in Starkville and if I hadn’t brought my raincoat, I would currently be suffering from a cold, or worse.

The flu season peaks in the winter, so it is a good idea to get your flu shot.

According to, the structure of the flu allows it to replicate and spread best when the air is cold and dry.

Boosting your immune system during this time is a safe way to avoid getting a cold.

The best way to do that is to practice a healthy lifestyle, eat well and stay active.

Other ways to avoid spreading illnesses include covering your mouth when sneezing and coughing and frequently washing your hands.

Staying healthy in these cold, dry months will ensure a joyful holiday season.