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Healthy Holidays from MBGH

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health.   

Give the gift of health and safety to your employees this year by sharing these holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

1. Wash Hands - To avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others this holiday season, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

2. Bundle up for Warmth - The winter weather means cold temperatures, which can cause serious health problems. Stay warm this winter by wearing several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.

3. Manage Stress - The holidays can be a stressful time, to avoid getting overwhelmed be sure to keep a check on over commitment and overspending. Balance work, home and play for a stress free holiday season.

4. Don’t Drink and Drive - Don’t ruin the holiday fun by drinking and driving, enjoy the spirits of the season and get home safely by designating a non-drinking driver or call a taxi.

5. Fasten Belts while driving - Holidays often mean traveling to and from family occasions, don’t risk your safety this winter. Wear your seat belt every time you drive or ride and don’t forget to buckle your child too.

6. Be Smoke-Free - Breathe easy this holiday season by being smoke free. Quit smoking today by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider about help.

7. Get Exams and Screenings - With time off for the holidays it is a perfect time to squeeze in that check-up, exam or screening you’ve been meaning to get all year. Make your appointment today!

8. Get your Vaccinations - It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you don’t want to miss out. To stay healthy for the seasonal festivities be sure to get the flu vaccine.

9. Monitor the Children - Kids are out of school for Christmas break and in to everything! To reduce their risk for injuries keep a careful eye on them as they eat and play. 

10. Practice Fire Safety - Lighting candles and fireplaces are great holiday traditions but don’t put yourself at risk. Practice fire safety by never leaving candles or fireplaces unattended and install or regularly test the smoke detector in your home.  

11. Prepare Food Safely - As you prepare your favorite holiday dishes keep your family and friends safe from food-related illness. Avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to the proper temperature and do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.

12.  Eat Well and Get Moving - Avoid gaining extra weight during the holiday season by eating healthy and being active. Choose fresh fruit instead of those seasonal sweets and find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music!  

To learn more about the Twelve Ways to Health and to hear The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song visit: http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/12ways.htm

Posted by Tara Hill at 9:00 AM

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