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CDC Gives Holiday Health and Safety Tips with a Song

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asks us to “give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips.” They even created a song, The 12 Ways to Health. Yes, it’s cheesy and a little overzealous but if it doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, then I don’t know what will!

“The first way to health, said the CDC to me: Wash hands to be safe and healthy.” Crowded gatherings and lots of shopping help contribute to cold and flu season. Wash your hands regularly and properly to keep yourself from getting sick!

“The second way to health, said the CDC to me: Bundle up for warmth.” Young children, elderly adults or anyone with a compromised immune system should stay warm by dressing in layers.

“The third way to health, said the CDC to me: Manage stress.” For some people, holiday cheer is only a myth. You will be happier and healthier if you don’t let stress take over your holidays.

“The fourth way to health, said the CDC to me: Don’t drink and drive.” Festive beverages might be fun at a party, but they don’t mix well with driving.

“The fifth way to health, said the CDC to me: BE SMOKE-FREE.” Smoking causes severe health complications. Just don’t do it.

“The sixth way to health, said the CDC to me: Fasten belts while driving.” The holidays mean a lot of travel. Whether you go far or near, please don’t forget to buckle up.

“The seventh way to health, said the CDC to me: Get exams and screenings.” Identify health problems such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease early and you may avoid serious complications.

“The eighth way to health, said the CDC to me: Get your vaccinations.” Vaccines help to prevent life-threatening diseases.

“The ninth way to health, said the CDC to me: Monitor the children.” The holidays can present very dangerous situations for children and pets. Keep a watchful eye and educate your children about the dangers of electrocution, choking hazards and the incorrect use of new toys.

“The tenth way to health, said the CDC to me: Practice fire safety.” Candles, cozy fires, Christmas lights and a full kitchen sound great until a fire starts. Make sure all of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work properly.

“The eleventh way to health, said the CDC to me: Prepare dinner safely.” Learn how to handle food properly so that you can avoid food-borne illnesses.

“The twelfth way to health, said the CDC to me: Eat well and get moving.” Don’t be tempted to over-indulge or abandon your fitness routine. There are a lot of fun and festive ways to keep yourself healthy during the holidays! Experiment with healthier holiday recipes.

Via: Department of Health and Human Services CDC

December 6th, 2010

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Lavada Cook

the song may be cheesy but the reminders are right on. We can never be to safe and with the hustle and bustle of holidays it 's so easy to get caught up ine the moment. These 12 simple reminders of what we should practice every day hit the mark. Great article!

posted Dec 6th, 2010 4:19 pm



   
 

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