Twelve Ways to a Healthy Holiday
We’ve all heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Below are the twelve ways to a happier, healthier holiday. With the holidays fast approaching, we may have plenty to celebrate and be thankful for, but why not make a commitment to giving yourself the best gift of all – looking out for your health? Here are twelve helpful hints to keep you healthy during the holidays:
1. Get Your Check-up.
Remember to make your annual appointment to visit your doctor. Check-ups are important because screenings can find issues that can be treated early. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a number of annual screenings, noted below. In addition, your doctor may also check for HIV/AIDS or viral hepatitis.
- Cholesterol levels
- Colorectal cancer
- High blood pressure
- Oral health
- Skin cancer
- Breast and cervical cancer (women)
- Prostate cancer (men)
- Immunization updates
2. Start with the Healthiest Food First.
Fill up on healthier foods first to keep from indulging in tasty sweets and unhealthier options during your meal. For instance, start with your veggies and enjoy a salad. Another option as an appetizer is a soup that is broth-based, not cream-based. The soup will make you feel fuller during the main course.
3. Go Smoke Free.
There is no better time to quit smoking and make a commitment to a healthier you. By talking to your healthcare provider, they can help you decide the best method to help you quit. If you quit smoking today, you will lower your risk of lung cancer, have a healthier heart, and breathe easier. Get help to quit by visiting Smokefree.gov.
4. Don’t Drink and Drive.
According to the CDC, a person is killed every 51 minutes due to an impaired driver. Understand the effects on your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
5. Healthy Eating on the Road.
6. Start a Healthy Habit.
We always talk about habits to quit, why not start a healthy habit? Make sure to get 30-minutes worth of exercise three days a week or simply start reading food labels before eating.
7. Wash Your Hands.
It’s a simple tip, but can reduce your risk at becoming sick. In fact, the CDC calls this a “do-it-yourself vaccine.”
8. Use Your Seat Belt.
Every time you’re in a vehicle, make sure you buckle up. Not only will you keep yourself safe, but your friends and family – especially children – will see you setting a good example.
9. Have a Practice Fire Drill.
When is the last time you were home and discussed fire safety with your family? Make sure your family knows escape routes from your home in case of a fire. Test both your smoke and carbon monoxide detector once a month and replace the batteries twice a year.
10. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks for Your Truck.
To prevent yourself from picking up treats on the road, treat yourself now and load up on healthy snacks for your next trip.
11. Listen to an Audio Book.
Listen to books while you’re driving. There are many options to purchase or rent audio books. Listen to classics, discover new authors, or study subjects that intrigue you.
12. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
Feeling stressed about the holidays? Take a few moments for yourself to slow down. Meditation can be a good way to calm yourself. Learn more.