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County Health Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and
shares these holiday reminders adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) to promote and protect the health of all those in our county. We encourage everyone to support health and
safety for yourself and others by following these holiday tips:
Wash your hands often.
hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting
sick and spreading germs to others.
temperatures bring a number of health risks for older adults and young children
especially – older adults tend to make less body heat and babies lose body
health more easily. Make sure homes are adequately heated and dress in layers
when spending time outdoors.
Manage stress and get quality sleep.
shop till you drop. Stress occurs when you upset the normal balance of life.
Try to keep balance between work, home, and family expectations and don’t
forget to get your sleep. According to the National Institute of Health, sleep
plays an important housekeeping role, in that it removes toxins in your brain
that build up while you are awake.
every trip in your car safe. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t let someone else
drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor
vehicle. Buckle children in a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt
appropriate for the child’s height, weight, and age every time they ride in the
car. Keep a winter weather road kit in the car in case of an emergency. Also,
watch the weather to keep up with road conditions before you set out to
smoking and breathing other people’s smoke.
Get check-ups and vaccinations.
time to get a seasonal flu vaccination, if you haven’t done so already. Then, start
the new year off right by scheduling a visit your health care provider for
needed exams, screenings, tests, and other age-appropriate vaccines.
Keep an eye on the kids.
a watchful eye on your kids when they’re eating and playing. Keep potentially
dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards out of their reach.
step stools instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations. Make
sure you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and
that they are working properly. Keep candles away from children, pets,
walkways, trees, and curtains. Turn oﬀ all lights on trees and other
decorations when you go to bed or leave the house and if you have a live tree,
make sure you keep it watered.
Handle and prepare food properly.
– Separate – Cook – Chill. Wash hands and food preparation and serving surfaces
often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and
eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating utensils
and surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate perishable
Eat healthy and be active.
and moderation. Substitute fresh fruit for candy. Place a limit on fats, salt,
and sugary foods. Find fun ways to be active – like dancing to holiday music
while you do chores around the house or park a little further away from store
entrances during holiday shopping trips.