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The holiday season is in full swing!

By Breanna Johnson

November 05, 2019

Holidays can bring a lot of joy, but also stress. It is important to learn some healthy holiday habits to help combat the stressors of the holiday season. The Florida Department of Health in Collier (DOH-Collier) encourages healthy holiday habits to help get residents and visitors through the season.

Get Sleep! Aim to get between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Being sleep deprived can lead to mindless eating during the day.

Do not Skip! Do not skip meals to save room for the feast. You will end up being hungrier and overeat.

Eat Slowly! It can take your brain at least 20 minutes to realize you are full.

Get Moving! It is important to stay physically active during the holiday season. It can help reduce hunger and stress. Remember: maintain do not gain!

Be Conscious! If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other foods high in carbohydrates during the meal. Foods high in carbohydrates could be breads and potatoes.

Wash Up! Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after handling raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood.

Put Food Away! Make sure to refrigerate perishable food and leftovers within 2 hours. If the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, chill food within 1 hour.

Shoo the Flu! Do not forget it is still flu season! Being around more people, traveling, changing your diet, and staying up late can put you at a higher risk of getting sick this season. Make sure to take precautions such as getting the flu shot, washing your hands, avoiding contact with individuals who are sick, and cough and sneeze into your shirt sleeve, elbow, or tissue. Shoo the flu this season!

Brighten your holiday season by making health and safety a priority with these healthy holiday habits!