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Tips to a healthy holiday season PDF Print E-mail

As people celebrate the new year, Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state’s Chief Medical Officer, encourages Nebraskans to stay safe and healthy by following these holiday health tips:

• Get vaccinated. Don’t forget a flu vaccine.

• Wash hands often. Frequent handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs.

• Stay warm. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems, especially for babies and older adults.

• Manage stress. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on health. Keep an eye out for over-commitment.

• Don’t drink and drive. If choose to drink while attending parties, designate a driver who will get you home to your family safely.

• Buckle up. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car and always put your child in a safety seat.

• Be smoke-free. Live a healthier life and lower your risk for disease by not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke.

• Get a checkup. Exams and screenings help find problems early when they may be easier to treat.

• Watch the kids. Keep an eye on the kiddos when they’re eating and playing. Children are at high risk for injuries that can lead to tragedies.

• Prevent injuries. Injuries from falls and fires often happen around the holidays. Practice fire safety and use ladders safely.

• Handle and prepare food safely. Wash hands often, keep raw meat separate, cook foods to the proper temperature and put those leftovers in the fridge right away.

• Eat healthy. Try to limit portion sizes and substitute fresh fruit for some of those sweets.