The CDC's 12 Ways of Health will help you to be mindful of your wellness during the busy holiday season:
1. Wash hands.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
2. Bundle up for warmth.
Bundle up in layers of loose fitting, tightly woven clothes.
3. Manage stress.
Do not over-commit. Keep work, play and home in balance. Ask for help when you need it. Remember to breath, relax and sleep.
4. Don't drink and drive and don't ride with someone who has been drinking.
5. Be smoke free.
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6. Fasten seat belts and drive safely.
7. Get exams and screenings.
Many people have met their insurance deductibles by year end, so make your appointment before it's too late.
8. Get your vaccinations.
Ask your health care provider about what vaccinations your should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans and medical history.
9. Monitor the children.
New toys, excitement of the season and staying as a guest in other's homes can lead to accidents and injuries. Watch your children carefully, limit unsafe behavior and refresh your first aid training in case you are in a situation that calls for it.
10. Practice fire safety.
Fires should never be left unattended. Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers should be tested.
11. Prepare dinner safely.
Wash hands and surfaces often. Properly prepare and store food.
12. Eat well and get moving.
Eat rich, sugary foods in moderation and make healthy choices. Keep active doing enjoyable activities with the family.