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Hendrick Health’s guide to holiday safety

Hendrick Health’s guide to holiday safety

The holidays are a great way to see family and friends, but it can also lead to stress and illness.

According to the CDC, “large gatherings, crowded travel and more time indoors can mean more viruses spreading around the holidays.”

Hendrick Health offers the following tips to stay healthy this holiday season.

1. Wash hands often. This will prevent the spreading of germs and illnesses, like the flu. Individuals need to wash their hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

2. Wear appropriate clothing to stay dry and warm. Pay attention to the weather and dress in layers, if needed, that consist of gloves, hats, scarves and rain jackets.

3. Manage stress during the holiday season. With work, school and other priorities around the corner, it can get overwhelming. Use the holiday time off as a way to step back and relax. To manage stress, find some support, have social interactions and get a good amount of sleep.

4. Fasten seat belts when traveling. Always buckle up every time you are in a motor vehicle, and use appropriate safety precautions with children. Make sure that children are in the right type of seat according to their height, weight and age.

5. Monitor children at all times. Ensure that children stay safe with certain toys, food, drinks, and other objects that could potentially harm them. Also, watch out for potential risks that could cause drowning, burns, falls and other accidents.

6. Prepare food in a safe manner. When preparing and cooking food, wash hands and surfaces often, cook foods at proper temperatures and refrigerate foods in a timely manner.

7. Eat healthy and stay active during the holidays. Limit portion sizes of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar, and include fruits and vegetables with your meals. Be active for at least 30 minutes a day with an activity like outdoor walks, exercise or flag football with the family.

Following these tips will keep your holidays enjoyable and safe.