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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2016

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9356

12 Ways to Keep the “Happy” in Happy Holidays

Lincoln— Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season take a toll on your health and wellbeing. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has 12 health tips to keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy and out of harm’s way during this busy holiday season.

  1. Just say no. Don’t let the stress of the holidays take a toll on your health.  Keep an eye out for overspending, overindulgence and over commitment.
  2. Get a flu shot. It's flu season and vaccination is your best protection against the flu. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccination each year. Getting it before the holidays, which brings large groups of people together, is a good idea.
  3. Don't drink and drive. Be sure to designate a driver if you choose to drink while attending parties.
  4. Wash hands often.  Wash your hands with soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs.
  5. Feeling lonely? Don’t be alone, if you don’t want to. Reach out to others. Try volunteering in a soup kitchen, with children in a group home, or with the elderly in various facilities. People will appreciate you and you may feel better being around others.
  6. Be tobacco-free.  Live a healthier life and lower your risk for disease by not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke.
  7. Buckle up. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car and always put your child in a safety seat.
  8. Prevent injuries. Injuries from falls and fires often happen around the holidays. Practice fire safety and use ladders safely. Don’t forget keep an eye on the children, as they are at high risk for injury.
  9. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  10. Make healthy choices. Try to limit your portion sizes and substitute fresh fruit for some of those sweets when the table is full of delicious treats. Fit a walk into your busy holiday schedule.
  11. Bundle up. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  12. Be good to yourself. Reduce expectations on yourself and others. Pamper yourself and relax…