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Healthy Air Fryer Recipes: Fall Edition!

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Bring on the delicious, decadent flavors of fall with some healthy air fryer recipes on your all-time favorites!

Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, cooking with an air fryer can give you the crunch and flavor without all the oil of deep-frying or pan-frying.

Plus, frying with lots of oil can have a negative impact on the air quality in your home. Home-building expert Corbett Lunsford stresses the importance of proper ventilation in the kitchen to remove harmful volatile organic compounds that result from cooking.

To get your fall menu started, below are some of our favorite seasonal recipes to cook in an air fryer. And if you’re new to air frying, here’s a useful air fryer cooking chart with temperatures and times for preparing anything from fresh vegetables, to meat and seafood, to frozen foods.

Fall Air Fryer Main Dishes

Don’t sell your air fryer short when it comes to making a whole meal. It’s capable of a lot more than a crispy batch of fries.

Fall Air Fryer Sides

Take your side dishes to the next level with these healthy air fryer recipes that are the perfect complement to any fall meal.

Fall Air Fryer Desserts

Last but certainly not least, an air fryer can satisfy any sweet tooth with these crispy treats.

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Seasonal Allergies Can Impact Your Pets Too

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Fall allergies are on their way. You may have already started to feel the effects of mold and ragweed, like itchy eyes and a runny nose.

And while you manage your allergy symptoms with medication, fresh air ventilation, and air filtration, be aware that the humans in your home aren’t the only ones susceptible to seasonal allergies.

Pets like cats and dogs can suffer from allergy symptoms too, and each pet will react differently to the changing seasons. Let’s examine the signs and symptoms to look out for, and go over some ways you can help alleviate your pets’ allergies and keep them comfortable this fall.

Common Environmental Allergens for Pets

Most pets will begin to show signs of allergies in year one or two. They occur when the immune system produces an outsized reaction to benign foreign substances.

The most common allergens for pets include:

Pets can also have adverse reactions to fleas and insects, with flea saliva being one of the most prevalent causes of allergic reactions. Insect and flea bites can lead to localized skin irritation, also known as dermatitis.

Pet Allergy Symptoms

It’s easy to write off your pets’ allergy symptoms as little quirks or habits. But pay special attention when your pet is showing any of these behaviors, especially after they’ve been outside or in a new environment:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Respiratory congestion
  • Itchy flaky skin (pruritus)
  • Hair loss
  • Itchy ears
  • Smelly and/or “dirty” ears
  • Shaking their head
  • Licking of the paws and rear end
  • Patchy skin or other skin irregularities

Treating Pet Allergens

Protecting your pets from seasonal allergies can take some trial and error, but making these changes will go a long way toward making them more comfortable throughout the year.

  • Flea and tick prevention: Find special collars and medicines that will prevent fleas and ticks from bothering your pets.
  • Antihistamines: These medications are typically safe for pets, but be aware of the dosage you’re giving them. It will be different for humans and pets. Always check with your veterinarian before administering medication.
  • Shampoo baths: Soothe itchy, inflamed skin with hypoallergenic shampoo baths. The rinsing and drying will also remove allergens from their coat. You can find dog-safe shampoos at your local pet store.
  • Wipe off coat and paws: A simpler way to give pets a “bath,” a quick wipe off with a moist cloth after your pet is outdoors will remove allergens and keep your home cleaner.
  • Avoiding allergens: You want your pets to enjoy as much outdoor time as they desire, but take precautions on days with high pollen counts and keep them from exploring too far into densely wooded or grassy areas.
  • Fatty acid supplements: Omega fatty acids that are commonly found in fish oil supplements can strengthen your pet’s coat and relieve flaky, itchy skin.
  • Air filtration: Dust mites can cause sneezing and itchy skin, so it’s important for your pets and you to filter the air in your home daily to remove common allergens.

Always check with your veterinarian before treating your pet. Other strategies may be required if their allergy issues persist.

Veterinarians can also help you identify if your pet has food allergies, which can be solved by changing the brand of food they eat and limiting the “human food” your family shares with them.

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Fact vs. Fiction: Breaking Down the Delta Variant

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The 7-day average of COVID-19 infections declined to around 10,600 in early July, leading many to believe the United States was on the homestretch of defeating the pandemic. But since that time, the emergence of the Delta variant has caused infections to rapidly increase.

The 7-day average in early August is around 80,000, representing a 148% rise in new coronavirus infections.

An internal document from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) was recently made public by The New York Times, and it contains important details about the Delta variant.

Here is what we know as of early August 2021.

Transmissibility

Part of the reason the original strain of COVID-19 (Alpha strain) was considered so dangerous is that it is easily transmissible from person to person.

With the new Delta variant, the CDC found that it’s even more contagious than the Alpha strain and it appears to be responsible for most new infections. In fact, the CDC recently found that more than 80% of new cases in the U.S. were caused by the Delta variant.

The CDC’s report compared the level of contagiousness to chickenpox, a disease that used to be very common in the United States. Thanks to the chickenpox vaccine, more than 3.5 million cases of chickenpox, 9,000 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths are prevented in the U.S. each year.

Delta Symptoms

The symptoms associated with the Delta variant appear to be the same as with the original Alpha strain. These include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, and new loss of taste or smell, among others.

But more importantly, research found that the Delta variant grows more rapidly and to higher levels in the respiratory tract, making severe symptoms more likely for unvaccinated people. While vaccinated people will likely be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms from the Delta variant, it is also possible for them to spread the disease.

Vaccination Rates

The CDC has consistently said that widespread vaccinations are the key to ending the pandemic. As of early August, about 67% of the U.S. population aged 12 and older had at least one dose of a vaccine. These rates vary significantly between states, with the highest being Vermont at nearly 87%, and the lowest being Mississippi at 50%.

With the Delta variant spreading rapidly, more people are choosing to be vaccinated. For example, in Mississippi, the 7-day average of people receiving a first dose was 5,203 on July 27th, more than triple the average from July 1st.

Breakthrough Infections

The term “breakthrough infection” indicates the rare occurrence of a vaccinated person becoming infected with the Delta variant. At present, approximately 0.04% of vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19.

When a vaccinated person tests positive, most either have no symptoms or have very mild symptoms. Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever, headache, and the addition of significant loss of smell.

It’s important to note that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

Masking

With the Delta variant surging, the CDC’s data suggest that all people with weak immune systems should wear masks. They recommend the same for vaccinated Americans who are in contact with young children, older adults, or otherwise vulnerable people.

The CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors in areas where virus transmission is high, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Some businesses have returned to mask recommendations for indoor settings, and a few states have reinstated mask mandates.

Lockdowns

Despite the surge in new infections, widespread lockdowns are unlikely according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.

Dr. Fauci says the large numbers of vaccinated people can help prevent the level of hospitalizations we saw last winter. He also cites continued vaccinations as essential for preventing further infections, variants, and lockdowns.

Ventilation

For information on how mechanical ventilation impacts the spread of COVID-19, check out this recent article on the Aprilaire blog.

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Breathing Healthy Air: Interview with the American Lung Association

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At Aprilaire, we encourage breathing Healthy Air because we know it benefits your overall health. The American Lung Association knows it too. That’s why Aprilaire air filters are the National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association*, playing a key role in the fight to improve lung health and prevent lung disease.

We got to interview National Senior Vice President of Development Sally Draper about the importance of Healthy Air and how both Aprilaire and the American Lung Association are working together to help you Breathe the Fullness of Life.

Could you introduce yourself for the readers and tell us about why you chose a career with the American Lung Association?

“I joined the Lung Association in 2014 because I was attracted to its comprehensive mission—to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Every day we help Americans breathe easier through our efforts to fund innovative research, advocate for policies that protect our lungs, and educate patients, caregivers, providers, and the public with science-backed information. We were founded more than 115 years ago, and the needs are greater today than ever before, including the youth vaping epidemic, climate change, and COVID-19!”

Can you tell us about the American Lung Association’s mission?

“The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or advocating for laws that protect the air we breathe, the work of the American Lung Association helps to save lives every day.”

How did Aprilaire and the American Lung Association come to work together in the first place? What does that relationship look like presently?

“Aprilaire and the American Lung Association forged a new relationship in 2018. We quickly realized how much we had in common. Our partnership was developed as we saw an opportunity to educate and help more consumers improve the air in their homes to create a healthier environment.

Since 2020, Aprilaire has been a Proud Partner of the Lung Association with its 4” residential air filters. Additionally, Aprilaire joined the Lung Association as our FY20 National Fight For Air Climb Partner For Healthy Air. The company has also supported the Lung Association’s “Stand Up For Clean Air” campaign. As part of this initiative, we are driving conversations around air quality, climate, and health. The Lung Association invited people to share their #MyCleanAirStory—knowing that when people realize climate and air quality are impacting the health of their neighbors, friends, and loved ones—they are more willing to act. Aprilaire provided prizes for the #MyCleanAirStory contest, including one grand prize of a whole-home Indoor Air Quality upgrade (the Aprilaire Healthy Air System™) and nine Aprilaire Room Air Purifiers. This year, the company stepped up once again to sponsor the Wisconsin Fight For Air Climb in Milwaukee. Also in 2021, the Lung Association welcomed Dale Philippi, President and CEO of Research Products Corporation, Aprilaire’s parent company, to the Lung Association’s Wisconsin Leadership Board of Directors.”

Tell us about the Fight For Air Climb.

“The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb is the nation’s premier stair climbing challenge. At 38 events nationwide, children and adults of all ages participate in this celebratory stair-climbing adventure. Pre-pandemic, the Fight For Air Climb was held in several of our country’s most iconic skyscrapers. This year, the Lung Association invited participants outdoors for a one-of-a-kind adventure to support healthy lungs and clean air. In fact, Dale was among the company’s team of more than 50 employees that climbed the stairs at Milwaukee’s American Family Field on May 22nd, proving he puts his feet, time, and talent behind causes he supports.

Aprilaire has been a stalwart partner in the Fight For Air Climb, promoting the event to employees, customers, trade partners, family, and friends. Through this unique vehicle, the company is engaging individuals of all ages to understand and celebrate the importance of Healthy Air.”

Aprilaire’s air filters are a National Proud Partner of the American Lung Association. How do you feel our mission aligns with yours?

“Our CEO, Harold Wimmer, has said, ‘Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is… no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis.’ Similarly, Dale has declared, ‘We believe everyone deserves to breathe Healthy Air.’ As a National Proud Partner, Aprilaire’s mission to enhance everyone’s health by improving the air in their homes aligns very closely with that of the American Lung Association, champion of clean air for all.”

What are the benefits of breathing Healthy Air and what are everyday things that people can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life?

“Clean air is essential for healthy lungs. The American Lung Association works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution. In fact, every year we publish our State of the Air Report, which looks at two of the most widespread and dangerous air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter. Our 2021 State of the Air Report found that more than 4 in 10 Americans—over 135 million people—are living in places with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

One of the most important things you can do to Breathe the Fullness of Life is to keep sources of pollution out of your home. Check out these commonsense tips on Lung.org. Additionally, ventilation helps reduce indoor air pollution, but it works best if paired with keeping known sources of air pollution out of the building. For tips on how to use ventilation to protect your lung health, check out our section on Ventilation: How Buildings Breathe.”

Fight for Healthy Air

At Aprilaire, we believe everyone deserves to Breathe the Fullness of Life, and we’re not the only ones that feel this way. Through our Proud Partnership with the American Lung Association, we aim to fill every home with Healthy Air. Both Aprilaire and the Lung Association believe that breathing Healthy Air should be available to everyone, and maintaining healthy Indoor Air Quality is an important step for your lung health. Read more about our partnership and the efforts of the American Lung Association on their website.

*Disclaimer: The American Lung Association does not endorse any product, device, or service.

St. Vincent de Paul

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2021: Aprilaire’s Good Neighbor Values

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We take the importance of caring for others to heart at Aprilaire. We believe we have a purpose beyond the individual work we do and that being a successful company also means “Being a Good Neighbor.” It’s one of our core values, and something we put into action each year.

We remain committed to helping our local communities in a number of ways, including financial contributions and volunteering. In the past, we’ve raised funds to provide pack-n-plays to mothers in need, volunteered at local blood drives, and held various donation drives throughout the year.

While our partnership opportunities may look different in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re excited to continue our work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose mission statement reads:

“A membership organization, the Society began working in Madison in 1925 with two parish-based groups of members serving their neighbors in need. Today, programs the Society operates in Dane County include a large customer-choice food pantry, a charitable pharmacy, storage for the goods of persons who are homeless, seven thrift stores offering direct charity, housing at Port St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton House, and several other forms of assistance for people struggling with poverty.”

We’ve been working with St. Vincent de Paul – Madison since 2014, giving us a number of incredible opportunities to give back and live out our mission of being Good Neighbors.

We believe the work they’re doing to provide assistance for our community is more important than ever right now, which is why it’s our honor to be a 2021 Platinum Sponsor for St. Vincent de Paul’s 6th Annual Care Café fundraising breakfast on May, 5th 2021. The theme is “Love Made Visible.”

They’re going virtual this year, which means they have unlimited capacity to reach their goal of $140,000. If you live in Dane County, we encourage you to attend the virtual event and support our neighbors in need through your contributions to the food pantry, free pharmacy, and housing programs.

 Click here for more information on St. Vincent de Paul – Madison to see how you can get involved.

Or find a charity in your area that you may be able to connect with to make an impact.

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Experts Say Flights Can Resume, But Bring Increased Risks

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Air quality experts say that it is safe to resume flying, but travelers must take advanced precautions before traveling like taking shorter flights when possible, wearing masks, and social distancing. 

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, makes the case that airplanes do not make you sick. In fact, airplanes have comparable levels of air filtration and fresh air ventilation to a health care facility

Flights May Be Less Comfortable With Recommendations

He argues that airlines should continue disinfecting high-touch areas such as armrests and tray tables, stop in-flight food service, mandate mask-wearing, and ask patrons to keep their above ventilation fan on throughout the flight. While these adjustments make flying less enjoyable, they can help reduce in-flight virus transmission. Masks are currently required on public transportation. 

Allen is not the only one saying it is safe to resume flying. 

‘Safer Than Eating At A Restaurant’

Linsey Marr, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, in a CNN article writes, “When HEPA ventilation systems are running on a plane and everyone is masked, the risk of Covid-19 is greatly reduced and makes air travel on a big jet safer than eating at a restaurant.”

Activities Create Biggest Risks

She and Allen argue that the biggest risks in airline travel stem from activities like the pre-flight boarding process or when a flight is delayed and people are stuck on the plane. Marr, who has been wearing an air quality monitor when she travels, said CO2 levels are elevated during these aforementioned activities and are indicative of a lack of fresh air ventilation. 

Marr told CNN that “A CO2 (carbon dioxide) level of 3,000 ppm means that for every breath I take in, about 7% of the air is other people’s exhaled breath…like drinking someone else’s backwash!”

The airport also presents other problems for travelers.

Allen suggests airports create more touchless experiences, upgrade their HVAC system, and require masks. Some updates have already been implemented in some airports or will be implemented in the future. 

Other experts suggest carrying your own personal hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and sticking to shorter flights

Even though there are risks to flying, Marr and Allen say you are clear for takeoff this summer