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Healthy Tips to Keep in Mind During the Holiday Season

Wash your hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.  Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
Bundle up to stay dry and warm.  Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
Manage stress.  Don’t over-commit yourself and prevent holiday anxiety and pressure. 
Get enough sleep.
Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive.  Whenever anyone drives after drinking, they put everyone on the road in danger.
Try to be smoke-free.  Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. 
Fasten your seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.  Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height, weight, and age.  Use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
Get exams and screenings.  Ask what exams you need and when to get them.  Update your personal and family medical history.
Get vaccinations for yourself and your children.  They help prevent diseases, the spread of disease and save lives.
Monitor the children.  Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of kids’ reach.  
Dress warmly for outdoor activities. 
Develop and reinforce rules about acceptable and safe behaviors including electronic media.
Practice fire safety.  Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so be careful to never leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended.  Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
Prepare food safely.  Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
Eat healthy, and get moving.  Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar. 
Be as active as you can be!  Help you children be active too!

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JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon

JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon