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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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