9 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season
Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you healthy.
Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
Manage stress. 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.
Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
Be smoke-free. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.
Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip, and encourage passengers to do the same.
Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.
Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach.
Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended.
Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate foods promptly.