12 Tip for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

Nothing ruins a good time faster than sick kiddos- or a sick you.  When mom is down all the fun stops.  Here are 12 tips to have a safe and healthy holiday season.

 

1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. This sounds like total common sense but I’m shocked and slightly disgusted at how often I have to remind my teenagers to wash their grubby hands.

 

2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: think layers here- gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.

 

3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.  Take a minute here and there during the busy days (and nights) to take a few deep breaths and remind yourself about the magic of the season.

 

4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.

 

5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.  I know it’s sometimes unavoidable depending on where and who you are with but don’t be embarrassed to put your health and your loved ones health above any awkward moments. My daughter’s asthma flares up at the slightest exposure to second hand smoke and I’d much rather cut out of a party after a quick hello than risk serious heath issues.

 

6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Buckle up every time, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.  There’s just something about this time of year that makes people seem extra rushed on the road.  Combined with inclement weather and it can be a recipe for disaster.

 

7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.

 

8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

 

9. Monitor children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents.

 

10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.

 

11.Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.

 

12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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