Everyone likes to indulge over the holidays, whether it’s a slice of pumpkin pie or taking a break from your exercise routine to spend more time with family. Even if you have that holiday cookie or two, you can keep your health in mind with these 6 holiday health tips!
- Eat healthy, and be active. With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way. Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candy. Select just one or two of your favorites from the host of tempting foods.
- Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help. Ask guests to not smoke in your home and, if possible, avoid places where smoking is common.
- Manage stress. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep a check on over commitment and overspending. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Handle and prepare food safely. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
- Get check-ups. Exams and screenings can help find potential problems before they start. They can also help find health issues early, when the chances for treatment and a cure are often better.
- Stay warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.
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CDC Holiday Health and Safety Tips