Healthy Tips For a Winter Holiday

Here are some ways to have a wonderfully healthy winter holiday.

A winter wonderland sometimes poses a few health hazards. Here's how to avoid them and enjoy your holiday.

Avoid cold and flu. The holiday season is also cold and flu season. Stay healthy by washing your hands properly and getting the flu vaccine.

  • Wash hands frequently using clean running water and soap.
  • Lather both the fronts and backs of hands, in between fingers and under fingernails for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse using clean running water and dry using a clean cloth or disposable paper towel.

When it comes to the flu vaccine, it's available as an injection or a nasal mist. Getting vaccinated will help keep you healthy as well as help stop the spread of the flu to those around you, including people at an increased risk of serious complications.

Cook and eat healthy. Practice proper food safety techniques by keeping your hands, cutting boards, counters and other kitchen surfaces clean. Keep raw foods separate from cooked foods, and never use the platter that held your raw turkey or roast to hold your cooked turkey or roast unless it's been washed properly between platings. Cook all foods to their proper doneness temperature and refrigerate leftovers promptly. 

Beware snow and ice. When venturing out, be sure to wear shoes that sport non-slip soles. Walk only on sanded, salted or cleared paths, preferably holding a handrail. When driving, do so only on clear roads and only if the conditions are safe.

To learn more about staying healthy, talk with your doctor. If you need to find a doctor, use our easy-to-use online Find a Physician service or call our physician referral line at 855-880-4MCL (4625).

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