Weekly Clinical Service Dose: 5 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season
Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority.
Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and get ready to enjoy the holidays.
1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
• Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers.
• Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
3. Manage stress. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play.
• Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep.
• Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control.
• Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
4. Get your vaccinations. Exams and screenings can help find potential problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are often better. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives
• Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
5. Eat healthy, stay active. With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way. Choose With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way.
• Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.
The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health.