Keep your holidays joyful while keeping your health and safety in mind. Follow these guidelines to make the most of your holiday by staying healthy and avoiding common illnesses and injuries.

  1. Schedule a wellness exam and vaccines. Don’t forget to make and keep your physician appointments and stay up to date on any recommended vaccinations.
  2. Eat nutritious foods. Balanced eating can go by the wayside around the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Plan meals and snacks ahead of time to avoid last-minute, fast-food or carryout stops.
  3. Keep food safe. Be mindful of how long food is left at room temperature. Perishable foods need to be refrigerated within two hours. Also, thaw foods properly in the refrigerator or microwave.
  4. Plan for holiday meals and parties. Offer to bring a healthy side dish to holiday gatherings and focus on socializing with the company to help prevent mindless eating.
  5. Stay active. Plan fun ways for you and your family to be active together. If you live in colder climates, try to embrace the colder weather and try outdoor activities, such as ice skating, cross country skiing or hiking at a nearby park. Even a wintery walk together can be a canvas for cherished memories.
  6. Stay warm. When venturing outdoors, dress in layers and stay dry. Be extra mindful of seniors and young children in colder temperatures.
  7. Manage stress. Holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Be aware of when you’re feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. Allow yourself time to rest and relax.
  8. Keep germs away. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face, especially when out in public.
  9. Travel safe. Always wear your seatbelt and make sure to use appropriate safety seats for your children. Use a transportation service to avoid drinking and driving.
  10. Prevent injuries and accidents. Keep candles away from children and pets (try using battery operated candles instead!), check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and never leave fireplaces unattended.

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