December 17, 2012 - The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. Give the gift of health and safety to your patients this holiday season by encouraging them to pay special attention to their health. Explain to them that they can get started on their new year’s resolution early by following these holiday tips and start living a healthier lifestyle.
1. Make healthy food choices and prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
2. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Holiday cheer can raise many glasses, but remember, whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
3. Make sure your travel is healthy and safe. Whether you're traveling across town or around the world, pack a travel health kit and talk with your doctor about how to stay healthy and safe before, during, and after your trip.
4. Nobody likes to be sick during the holidays, so be sure to wash hands often to keep germs from spreading. Take a few minutes to make a healthy lifestyle part of your holiday and New Year’s resolution.
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).