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Holiday Health and Safety Tips from the CDC

 1. Wash Your Hands Often: Wash hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-base product.

2. Stay Warm:Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers of loose-fitting tightly woven clothing.

3. Manage Stress: Balance work, home, and play. Ask for help and support from family and friends.  Be sure to get enough sleep.

4. Travel Safely: Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Don't drink and drive and don't let someone else drink and drive. Get vaccinations if traveling out of the country.

5. Be Smoke-Free: Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help for more information.

6. Get Check-Ups and Vaccinations: Exams and screening can help detect problems early. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.

7. Watch the Kids: Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards and other objects out of kids' reach. Learn how to help someone who is choking.

8. Prevent injuries: Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave a fire unattended. Check that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

9. Handle and prepare food safely: When working with food make sure to wash hands and surface areas often. Avoid cross-contamination and cook food to the proper temperature.

10. Eat Healthy, and Be Active: Eat holiday treats in moderation and learn to balance it with vegetables and fruit. Be active for at least 2 1/2 hours a week and help kids be active for at least an hour a day.

Here are some Helpful Holiday Mental Tips from Healthy Children

-Take Care Of Yourself: Managing your emotions can help yourself as well as others around you.

-Make A Plan and Focus On One Thing At A Time: Stop and pay attention to what is happening at the moment, focus your attention on one thing, notice how you are feeling at the time and withhold immediate judgement.

-Give To Others: Share your time with families who have less than you do. (i.e. Write a letter to the armed forces stationed abroad who can't be home with their own family during the holidays, volunteer your time at a shelter or food pantry)

-Keep Routines The Same: Sticking to usual sleep and mealtime schedules will help reduce stress.

-Keep Household Rules In Effect: Parents and children can benefit from this!

-Take Time to Teach Skills that Children Will Need for the Holidays in the Weeks and Months Ahead: For children-practice having a formal sit-down dinner or how to have conversation with adults/older children.

-Don't Fell Pressured to Over-Spend: Making one or two gifts instead of buying something is just as special.

-Most Importantly....Enjoy The Holidays And Being With Family And Friends