How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

The holidays are in full swing and it is easy to get caught up in the festivities. With so many delicious foods, parties, and people to see, your health may be an afterthought. Not only ‘tis the season to be jolly, but also ‘tis the season to be healthy!

To make sure your health doesn’t land on the naughty list, here are some tips to make sure you have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
First things first, wear weather appropriate clothing! It seems that Ohio’s weather has been a little warmer than usual this year but when it does get cold, bundle up! Wearing lightweight, warm layers is a good trick to staying warm, and if the weather changes you can adjust your layers accordingly.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and clean, warm, running water. This helps prevent germs from spreading and help keep you from catching a cold, the flu, and even COVID-19.

If you are planning on hosting a holiday gathering, make sure you practice food safety! You can do this by washing hands and surfaces often, avoiding cross-contamination by using different plates and utensils for raw food and cooked food, cooking foods to proper temperatures and refrigerating foods promptly.
With so many delicious foods being made, it may be hard to make healthy choices. Splurging is okay in moderation, just make sure you are limiting your portion sizes and still including fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Sometimes during the holidays our meal schedule may be thrown off. If you are planning on eating a meal later than you usually do, have a light snack at your regular meal time and limit your portion size when you have your holiday meal. It is also a good idea to eat slowly – because your body takes about 20 minutes to digest and eating too fast can cause you to overeat.

Finding time to exercise during the holiday season can be hard, but making sure adults are active for at least 2 ½ hours a week and children for at least 1 hour each day will help you and your family stay healthy! Activities to stay active can include the entire family, whether it be a walk at the park or reindeer games, keep it fun and in the holiday spirit!

Finally, do not go to holiday functions if you are feeling sick. This may be hard to do, especially with all of the excitement the holidays bring. Staying home when you’re under the weather can allow you to rest and prevent others from getting sick.

The Logan County Health District wishes you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

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