Planning a holiday can be stressful. Like Robert R. Redfeild, CDC Director, said , “The holiday season is a time to reflect on family and friends, but don’t forget to take time to care for yourself”.
Here are 5 tips to make sure you have a safe and healthy holiday
Eating healthy is all about balance and moderation. Maintaining your diet and staying active during the holidays can be challenging – since most of us want to eat junk and stay in bed all day. Adding the holiday parties and big family meals, taking care of your diet can become considerably harder.
Eat everything but stick to smaller servings – quality over quantity as one might say. Limit your fats, salt, sugary food and drinks. Increasing the portion of fresh fruits can also help fulfill your sweet cravings, along with being a healthy substitute for candy.
Being physically active also plays a vital role in maintaining your holiday body. Plan outdoor activities for at least 20 minutes a day for better results.
Food safety is a vital aspect in having a healthy holiday. In America, almost 1 in 6 people get sick from eating contaminated food annually.
While preparing meals:
- Wash your hands and work surfaces before you start
- Keep your meats separate during preparation
- Cook at the right temperature for the right amount of time to make sure all germs are killed
- Refrigerate perishable food – leftovers, fruits, vegetables
Get your Flu Vaccine
Influenza, commonly known as Flu, can lead to serious health complications like, pneumonia, bacterial infection, hospitalizations and even death. CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated for the flu season, which is at its peak from November – May.
Wash your hands
Although very common, it is essential to wash your hands properly. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread if bacteria and other pathogenic organisms. Evidence suggests that hand washing can help prevent 1 in 5 respiratory illness like cold or flu.
CDC has recently launched a campaign, “Life is Better with Clean Hands”, solely for spreading awareness about the importance of washing hands properly. It includes resources and educational material to help guide you through the process and ensure a healthy future.
In case of unavailability of soap, alcohol based hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol content, can be used.
Winter travels bring along the danger of cold temperatures, snowfall and snow storms etc. Plan ahead for your winter trips, whether across town or across country, to cope with the problems it brings.
- Get your car prepared for the cold
- Don’t drink and drive
- Wear a helmet while riding a bike, motorbike or a skateboard
- Wear a seatbelt every time you’re in a motor vehicle
Although simple, these few rules can play a vital role in preventing serious injuries.
If you’re travelling abroad, check the safety risks at your destination and get vaccinated accordingly. If you’re travelling for more than 4 hours, you become prone to blood clots – which can form in your legs due to immobility for a long period of time. Move your legs around frequently and take short breaks during the journey to stretch and freshen up.