Healthy Tips for the Holidays Healthy Tips for the Holidays
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips. Sing along to these tips in The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song, listen to them in a holiday health podcast, and send the song to your friends and family in a holiday health-e-card!

1. Wash hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.

2. Bundle up and stay dry to keep warm.

3. Manage stress. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending.

4. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t let anyone else drink and drive.

5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke.

6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to the child’s height, weight, and age.

7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams and tests you need to help find diseases and conditions early or before they start.

8. Get your vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.

9. Monitor the children. Keep dangerous toys, food, and household items out of their reach. Make sure toys are used properly.

10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended.

11. Prepare food safely. Remember four simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.

12. Eat healthy, and get moving. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most, preferably all, days of the week.