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Healthy Holidays

Healthy Lifestyles

Everyone is so busy with preparations for the holidays -- so much to do, people to see, food to eat!  How to manage it all? 

First of all, do what you can to STAY HEALTHY.   

  • Get a flu shot if you haven't already done so.  It's NOT too late -- peak flu season is January through February. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 
  • Get adequate sleep and manage stress.
  • Stick to your regular activity/exercise routine.  Get out for walks if nothing else but watch out for icy spots.
  • Maintain your weight and don't gain.  This does not have to be too difficult if you balance your intake of calories with calories burned through activity. 
  • Make healthy food choices -- plenty of fruits and vegetables and less fat and sweets.  You will feel better, sleep better, and accomplish more.
  • Practice safe food handling in the kitchen and remember raw cookie dough CAN make you sick.  (Raw eggs can harbor salmonella.)
  • Spend within your budget.  Nobody needs additional financial stress in these economic times.
  • If you don't want to do something, don't do it.  Does anyone really need twelve different kinds of cookies?
  • Begin planning ahead for lifestyle changes that will help you be healthy in 2009.

Check out these websites for additional tips for healthy holidays:  http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HealthyHolidays/          http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-holidays-8/default.htm    

All of us at the North Shore Health Department wish all of you good health over the holidays and through the coming year!

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