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Healthy Holiday Tips

The Carroll County Health Department will be closed on Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st for the holidays.

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Keep your holiday season bright by taking a little time to think about health and safety for you and your loved ones:

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It’s flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out. Find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  3. Eat healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help keep you full. Allow yourself some treats, but limit your portion sizes. Find more tips in the Holiday Healthy Eating Guide from the American Heart Association.
  4. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Clean, separate, cook, and chill. Holiday safe cooking tips from the FDA
  5. Stay active. Get friends and family out for a walk, exercise while watching holiday specials, dance to holiday tunes, or play active video games.
  6. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same.
  7. Buckle up every time. Make sure children are sitting in the right safety seats, no matter whose car they are in. Car Seat Guidelines
  8. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  9. Keep an eye on kids and pets. Avoid dangerous toys, decorations, and holiday plants. Click here for more information on child safety and pet safety during the holidays.
  10. Be fire safe. Most house fires occur in the winter, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or lit candles on when no one is in the room. Keep your tree and decorations safe with these fire safety tips.

Find more tips and holiday e-cards at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season page.