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8 x February 15 — 28, 2018 x TOURISM UPDATE submitted by Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association grants 2018 CFHLA Family Member Educational Scholarships during the CFHLA Golden Pineapple Awards. On Jan. 24, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association once again produced the annual Golden Pineapple Awards Dinner at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive to recognize “front-line” Central Florida lodging employees for exemplary customer service and commitment to both their team members and guests. Southwest resident and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings was in attendance to meet the award honorees and to present welcoming remarks to the 1,000 attendees at the awards dinner. Fox 35’s Tom Johnson served as the emcee of the evening, and awards were presented by CFHLA President/CEO Rich Maladecki. The hospitality awards ceremony allows lodging managers to nominate and honor their hardworking employees for “above and beyond” service to their property and its guests. CFHLA received more than 260 nominations from Central Florida lodging establishments and presented awards to 13 selected winners. Wislaine Lormil-Verger (center) of the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort receives the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Golden Pineapple Award for being named the housekeeping employee of the year. Southwest resident and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings (back, third from left) congratulates the 2017 Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Golden Pineapple Award recipients. In addition, for the 14th consecutive year, CFHLA awarded Family Member Educational Scholarships to deserving family members of Central Florida hospitality employees. ª x February 15 — 28, 2018 x 9 FEATURE Seven Ways to Plan for Cold & Flu Season! 2018 Carlos Ortiz, ARNP Tonya King, ARNP CAP photo courtesy of Getty Images With flu season typically peaking in February, it is imperative to develop a cold and flu plan now. Declining temperatures can bring fun, cool-weather activities, but they also mean cold and flu season is lurking. While everyone hopes to stay healthy, it can be difficult to completely avoid viruses and bugs. Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a boardcertified family physician, offers some simple suggestions to help your family plan for cold and flu season. • Dispose of expired medicine — Spend some time checking the medications you already have at home. Review the expiration dates, and if any need to be thrown out, research how to properly dispose of them according to local governmental guidelines. • Stock up — Before cold and flu season, make sure to stockpile musthaves like ginger ale, ice pops and recommended cough suppressants. Thinking ahead means you won’t have to rush out when you or a family member comes down with something. • Practice healthy habits — Encourage the entire family to maintain healthy habits such as regular hand washing, following a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue to help minimize the spread of cold and flu viruses. • Use a reliable thermometer — Reading the temperature of a person who feels ill can help provide confidence and peace of mind. Make sure you have a reliable thermometer like a Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear thermometer, which takes professionally accurate temperature readings via the ear canal and, based on a survey, is the No. 1 brand recommended by pediatricians who recommend a brand of thermometers. “It’s important to carefully monitor potential illnesses to make sure children get and stay well, and taking an accurate temperature reading is a necessary part of this process,” Gilboa said. “As a doctor and a mom to four boys, it gives me the confidence to know that I’m accurately taking my child’s temperature before I take any next steps, like administering medication.” • Have important information on hand — To save time when your child is ill, keep a reference of your child’s allergies, prescribed medications, dosage amounts and current weight handy. Health care providers typically need this information to correctly prescribe and dose most medications. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 Desiree Fouse LMHC WE TREAT "ADHD, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, BIPOLAR DISORDER, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BEHAVIORAL ISSUES AND MANY MORE"-IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS