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 yourself and others, by following these holiday tips.
* WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. Single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.
* STAY WARM. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly.
* MANAGE STRESS. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Don’t over-commitment nor over-spending. Balance work, home and play.
* GET CHECK-UPS AND VACCINATIONS. Exams and screenings can help find problems early or before they start. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.
* WATCH THE KIDS. Children are at high risk for injuries. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards our of kids’ reach.
* PREVENT INJURIES. Injuries from falls and fireworks often occur around the holiday. Use step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations.
* HANDLE AND PREPARE FOOD SAFELY. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to the proper temperature, don’t leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
* EAT HEALTHY, AND BE ACTIVE. Choose more vegetables and fruits.
* GET MOVING. Any movement counts—take a walk, go out dancing, enjoy a yoga class.
* GET PLENTY OF SLEEP. Preventative medicine! A good night’s sleep can be one of the best defense against getting sick.
2019 has been a year with its challenges and successes. We look forward to 2020 and the opportunities that come with it.
Sincere best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season to you and your loved ones and a Happy New Year!
President & CEO
Vision: Exemplary Care to Northerners
Mission: Working together with our partners to improve the health of Northerners.
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