Holiday Health Tips

The holidays are a time of celebration and enjoying gatherings and activities we wait for all year.  Special traditions and meals fill the days and nights until it seems we can’t eat or enjoy one more thing.  So in order not to miss any of the festivities, we have compiled some health and safety tips to help you make the most of this holiday season.


1.  Keep the focus on fun, not food.
Most holidays are associated with special foods but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus.  Instead throw yourself into the other rituals of the holiday like trimming the tree, going to see a holiday show, or taking a walking tour of the area Christmas decorations.

2.   Stock the freezer with healthy meals.
Everyone is overly busy during the holidays, spending time shopping, decorating, and visiting with friends and family which leaves less time to cook healthy meals.  Prepare a few meals ahead of time and pop them  in the freezer.  Then when it is crunch time you will be ready with a healthy meal that is also easy to prepare!

3.   Wash your hands often.
Wash your hands with soap and clean, warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Studies show that with the increase in crowds in shopping malls during the holiday season, the germ population greatly increases as well.

4.    Bundle up and stay dry and warm.
Wear appropriate clothing:  light, warm layers, gloves, hats scarves and waterproof boots.

5.    Indulge in only the most special holiday treats.
Skip the store bought store bought cookies and save room to sample treats that are homemade and special to your family.  Don’t completely deprive yourself on festive days or your will power will eventually snap, and you’ll end up overeating

6.   Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.
Buckle up every time no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same.

7.   Survey party buffets before filling your plate.
Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate balanced.

8.    Bring your own healthy dish to a party.
Bringing your own dish to a party is a way to be sure that there will be something you like at the buffet that is also good for you.

9.    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.

10.   Make plans for January.
If you have social events coming up with people you like, you’ll be upbeat about what’s to come.  Plan a weekend getaway for after the holidays or an Oscar-nominated movie marathon.  Treat yourself and take the time to do the things that make you happy.

Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods.  In the long run, your mind and body will thank you.