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A publication of the System Offices Wellness Program
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December 2020

 
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12 Ways to Have a 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.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
Source:  CDC

Keep Active this Holiday Season

Take a Walk in the Mall!

The holidays are here again! Not only does this festive season bring eggnog, cookies, candy canes and stuffing with extra gravy, in many areas it also means cooler temperatures. Although being physically active can help you avoid some holiday weight gain, what should you do if it is too cold or icy outside? Why not beat holiday shoppers to your nearest mall for a morning walk?

Although mall walking can be done by almost anyone, it tends to be most popular among people middle-aged and older. This isn’t surprising because malls have features that make walking in them particularly appealing to older adults. They are protected from the weather, are well-lit, have flat and even walking surfaces, have convenient restrooms, and have seats and benches where one can rest for a little while in the middle of the walk.

Mall walking and mall walking programs can provide safe, convenient, and warm places for you to be active this season.

Regular physical activity, including walking, can help lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. These diseases occur more often as people get older. Regular physical activity can also help control weight, improve sleep and, for older adults, help maintain independence, reduce the risk of falling down and delay the start of mental decline, such as being forgetful.

Enjoy the mall’s holiday decorations and music and take advantage of where you are to do some shopping for your kids and grandkids.

Source:  CDC 
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Virtual Yoga

The Coronavirus may keep us from meeting in person, but it will not keep us from showing our love for yoga! Practice yoga from the comfort of your own home with your own personal virtual trainer! Click on the link below to access free online yoga sessions. 

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga leads to improved physical fitness, increased ability to concentrate, and decreased stress. It's activity that helps both your body and mind and is a great way to relax and rejuvenate.
National Health Observance-December

Safe Toys and Celebration Month

According to Prevent Blindness America, children sustain 11,000 toy-related injuries each year.  Most have no long-term effects and are easily preventable.  

Exercise Your Brain With This Word Scramble!

Listen to this podcast about making mindful decisions during the holiday season.  
Additional Info: To learn more about preventive care, click here. Click here to find out the recommendations for various screenings and tests.

Log into the wellness portal for even more articles on this topic: Health Screening: Finding Problems Early/ Evaluación de salud: Cómo detectar temprano los problemas de salud.
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