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December 14, 2017

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Be Healthy, Be Safe and Be Merry this Holiday Season

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Lincoln – The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. Here are some holiday tips from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to help Nebraskans stay healthy, safe and merry during this holiday season.

Be Healthy… Get your flu shot, wash your hands often, cover your cough, and be tobacco-free.
It's flu season and vaccination is your best protection against the flu. Everyone 6 months and older should get flu vaccine each year. Avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others by washing your hands with soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Live a healthier life and lower your risk for disease by not using tobacco and avoiding secondhand smoke.

Be Safe… Travel safely, stay warm, and watch the kids.
Don’t drive distracted, wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car, and always put your child in the proper safety seat. Be sure to designate a driver if you choose to drink while attending parties and other holiday events. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems. Remember to stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers. Injuries from falls and fires often happen around the holidays. Practice fire safety and use ladders safely. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the children, as they are at high risk for injury.

Be Merry… Manage stress, get sleep, reach out to others, and make healthy choices.
The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep. Choose fresh fruit as a festive substitute for those holiday sweets. Try to limit your portion sizes when the table is full of delicious treats. Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music.

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