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Happy Healthy Holiday!!!

Is it truly possible to have a happy AND healthy holiday season? Not to be a Scrooge but the holidays can be filled with extreme stress, weight gain and the spreading of colds and flu. Here are some important holiday tips to keep in mind during this most wonderful time of the year!

1. During this season of sharing and giving, please keep your germs to yourself!

  • Washing hands regularly, with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep a small hand sanitizer in your pocket or purse to use as needed
  • Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or tissue
  • Eat foods with plenty of Vitamin C to help build immunity to colds.

2. The hustle and bustle of this season leaves us with so much to accomplish in such a short period of time. Don’t let Midnight Madness shopping and sleep deprivation turn you into a Grinch.

  • Most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep a night
  • Try to keep your normal sleep pattern
  • A short 20 minute nap can go a long way 
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages in the evening

3. While arranging your holiday season schedule don’t skip your exercise

  • Exercise helps control the effects of extra stress and calories.
  • If you are short on time, exercising just 10 minutes a couple of times a day can be just as beneficial.

4. Whether you are trying to lose or maintain your weight, the holiday season can sabotage the best diet intensions. During this season it seems that no matter where you go, a big delicious buttery cookie or tempting creamy cheese ball is staring you in the face.

  • Don’t deprive yourself of all the special holiday treats. Plan ahead what you will eat and take small portions without over indulging. 
  • Try to fill up on low fat choices such as veggies and dip. 
  • Try to avoid mindless nibbling while standing next to the serving table. Fill up your plate and step away from the food.
  • Don’t go to a party hungry
  • Drink plenty of water

It is possible to have a happy and healthy holiday season with some simple planning. Happy Holidays!!!

Mary Shenoo, RN, BSN, CCM,CWC

Ms. Shenoo joined Managed Care Concepts in 1993 as a Case Manager and Utilization Review Nurse Supervisor. In 1996, she was promoted to Executive Director. Her responsibilities now include: Oversight and Program Development for all departments. She serves as the liaison to the Medical Director, is the Organ Transplant Coordinator, and is a participating member of the MCC, Inc. Quality Management Committee.