Tis the season for festivities, fun, and unfortunately flu. It’s not too late to get your flu shot and keep yourself safe from viruses. Contact Rogers County Health Department for an appointment with no out of pocket cost, 918-341-3166.
Also, here are a few tips to help you be safe and healthy during the holidays and any time of the year:
1. Wash your hands often—with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds
2. Stay warm—Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers.
3. Manage stress—Keep your commitments and spending in check.
4. Travel safely—Don’t drink and drive. Make sure to always wear seatbelts.
5. Be tobacco and vape-free!
6. Get check-ups and regular screenings.
7. Get your vaccinations.
8. Watch the kids—Keep a watchful eye on your kids when they’re eating and playing.
9. Prevent injuries—Use step stools instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations.
10. Handle and prepare food safely.
11. Practice fire safety—Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended.
12. Eat healthily, and be active. (https://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/index.htm)
In addition, a few more tips to help you eat healthier during the season of overindulgence:
•Take a dish to a gathering to ensure there’s something you can indulge in.
•Don’t Go Hungry to the Mall—to cut down on the lure of the food court, never go to the mall on an empty stomach.
•Keep Track of What You Eat—Maintain a food diary to help you stay committed to your goals during this risky eating period.
•Eat Before Going to a Party—Before going out, have a healthy snack to curb your appetite.
•Keep Healthy Snacks at the Office—Stash healthy foods in your desk at work so you’re not as tempted by the treats piling up at the office.
•Manage Portion Size—Take sensible portions so you don’t end up eating too much.
•Control Your Environment—Wait for all the food to be on the table before making your selections. People who make their choices all at once eat about 14 percent less than do those who keep refilling when each plate is passed.
•Keep up the Exercise—be determined to squeeze in at least one or two workouts a week, no matter how busy you get.
•Choose Your Indulgences—choose your indulgences wisely. Instead of wasting calories on foods that you can have at any time of the year, pick items that are truly special and unique to the season.