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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

WiRED Offers Simple Tips

BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW; EDITED BY BERNICE BORN

The holiday season is here — but so are the germs that bring colds, coughs and flu.

Staying healthy begins with the basics: sticking to a balanced diet, drinking lots of clean water, washing hands often, practicing good hygiene, avoiding tobacco and getting enough rest. WiRED International emphasizes the importance of these basics and more in hundreds of our health learning modules, but especially in our Adult Nutrition ModuleHandwashing Module and Tobacco Cessation Modules.

WiRED International wants everyone to stay healthy and enjoy time off with family and friends at home or while traveling. Keep yourself and your loved ones active and healthy through the holidays and into the New Year.

Healthy Travel Tips

  1. Use disinfectant wipes for surfaces, such as tray tables and seat headrests.
  2. Use hand sanitizer that has 62 to 70 percent ethanol for 15 seconds of wetness on your hands.
  3. Don’t put any food in the plane or train seat pockets unless it’s in a wrapper.
  4. Use a scarf for preventing viruses from getting into your respiratory tract.
  5. Wash your hands often and change out of your travel clothes after your trip.
  6. Build up your immune system before your trip by eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep.

Adapted from Healthline

 

Six Tips to Stay Healthy All Year Round

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.Handwashing involves five simple and effective steps: wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry. Learn more about when and how to wash your hands.
  2. Make healthy food choices. A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
  3. Get active! Start small — try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further from your destination. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Adults should get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
  4. Be tobacco free.
  5. Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions — such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Adults need seven or more hours per night.
  6. Make an appointment for a check-up, vaccination, or screening. Regular oral and medical exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.

Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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