Tips to have a healthy holiday season

Keep the holiday season happy by making good health and safety priorities, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis. “The following recommendations are easy yet can make a big difference when it comes to the wellbeing of you and your loved ones,” he said.
· Check prescription medications prior to the holiday break to see if refills will be needed; it may be difficult getting them refilled once the holidays begin
· Wash hands often, using warm water and soap.
· Get vaccinated against seasonal flu.
· Don’t drink and drive, or let others drink and drive.
· Use seat belts while driving or riding in motor vehicles.
· Prepare food safely (avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate promptly).
· Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke.
· Practice fire safety; don’t leave fireplaces, candles, space heaters or food cooking on stoves unattended.
· Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles; wear appropriate eye protection; never give fireworks to children; keep plenty of water handy.
· Monitor children, keeping potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks and household items out of reach.
“It is also important to wear appropriate cold-weather clothing when the temperature drops,” Ruis said.
Other tips to consider include managing holiday stress by balancing work, home and play and getting proper sleep; eating healthy and exercising during the holiday season; and staying home if sick to avoid spreading germs.
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