Here are some easy ways to make health and safety part of your holiday season.
With Thanksgiving here, the year-end season of holiday festivities will soon be in full swing. That often means getting together with friends and family for parties and special meals. And it also means we might be tempted to stray from our healthy routines or overlook safety concerns.
The Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offer some tips on how to make the holidays healthy and safe. Here are a few.
Watch what you eat and drink
- Eat fresh fruit instead of candy for a sweet treat.
- In a buffet line, select one or two of your favorite foods rather than piling a little of everything on your plate.
- Drink alcohol in moderation—recommended limits are one drink per day for a woman and two per day for a man.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Prepare and serve foods safely
- Wash hands with warm, soapy water both before and after preparing food.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure turkey and other meats are adequately cooked.
- Refrigerate leftovers within two hours after serving.
Stay physically active
- Dance at holiday parties.
- When traveling, bring resistance bands with you to do exercises and look for hotels that offer a fitness center.
- When holiday shopping at the mall, park at the far end of the lot, and take a walk around the entire mall before hitting the stores.
- Plan group physical activities, such as walks in a park or outdoor games anyone can play.
Make your home accident-proof
- Keep candles away from flammable material.
- Always have someone tend fires in a fireplace.
- Don’t let small children have access to toys and candy that could be choking hazards.
Maintain your general health
- Reduce stress by getting enough sleep and not committing to too many activities.
- Get flu shots for you and your family.
- Wash your hands often to reduce the risk of catching colds.
- Dress warmly in cold weather.
At Woman’s Hospital, we know how important it is to spend quality time with family and friends over the holidays. Enjoy the season while also paying attention to how you can stay healthy.
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