tis the season (pt.5of6)

Posted on November 24, 2010

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As many know here in new England the weather can change pretty quickly.  And with winter right around the corner and of course holidays approaching, here are some tips on how to keep healthy for the holidays brought to you be our friends at the CDC:

  • Wash hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.
  • Bundle up to stay dry and warm.
  • Manage stress. Don’t over-commit yourself and keep holiday spending in check.
  • Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive.
  • Fasten 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.
  • Get exams and screenings. Ask your doctor or nurse what exams you need and when to get them.
  • Get your vaccinations, which help prevent diseases and save lives.
  • Monitor the children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of kids’ reach. Make sure toys are used properly.
  • 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 plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Check out these sites for more info.:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/healthytips/

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm092815.htm

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