Live Well Polk Health tips for the hol­i­day sea­son

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Daniel Bevels Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter

con­nect so­cially and get plenty of sleep.

4. Don’t drink and The hol­i­day sea­son, and drive or let oth­ers drink par­tic­u­larly Christ­mas, of­fers and drive. When­ever us a chance to cel­e­brate life, any­one drives drunk, they be thank­ful, en­joy fam­ily and put ev­ery­one on the road in friends and re­flect on what dan­ger. Choose not to drink is truly im­por­tant. It’s also a and drive and help oth­ers great time to ap­pre­ci­ate the do the same. gift of good health. 5. Be smoke-free.

TheCen­ters­forDisease Avoid smok­ing and Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion of­fer sec­ond­hand smoke. Smok­ers some ex­cel­lent tips to help have greater health risks us stay happy and healthy be­cause of their to­bacco through­out the hol­i­days and use, but non­smok­ers also all year round: are at risk when ex­posed to to­bacco smoke.

6. Fas­ten seat belts while driv­ing or rid­ing in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Al­ways buckle your chil­dren in the car us­ing a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt ac­cord­ing to their height, weight and age. Buckle up ev­ery time, no mat­ter how short the trip and en­cour­age pas­sen­gers to do the same.

7. Get ex­ams and screen­ings. Ask your health care provider what ex­ams you need and when to get them. Up­date your per­sonal and fam­ily his­tory.

8. G e t y o u r vac­ci­na­tions. Vac­ci­na­tions help pre­vent dis­eases and save lives. Ev­ery­one 6

1. Wash hands of­ten to help pre­vent the spread of germs. It’s flu sea­son. Wash your hands with soap and clean run­ning wa­ter for at least 20 sec­onds. A fes­tive way to keep the time is to sing through the cho­rus of Jin­gle Bells twice as you wash up.

2. Bun­dle up to stay dry and warm. Wear ap­pro­pri­ate out­door cloth­ing: light, warm lay­ers, gloves, hats, scarves and wa­ter­proof boots.

3. Man­age stress. Give your­self a break if you feel stressed out, over­whelmed, and out of con­trol. Some of the best ways to man­age stress are to find sup­port, months and older should get a flu vac­cine each year.

9. Mon­i­tor chil­dren. Keep po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous toys, food, drinks, house­hold items, and other ob­jects out of chil­dren’s reach. Pro­tect them from drown­ing, burns, falls and other po­ten­tial ac­ci­dents.

10. Prac­tice fire safety. Most res­i­den­tial fires oc­cur dur­ing the win­ter months, so don’t leave fire­places, space heaters, food cook­ing on stoves or can­dles unat­tended. Have an emer­gency plan and prac­tice it reg­u­larly.

11. Pre­pare food safely. Re­mem­ber th­ese sim­ple steps: Wash hands and sur­faces of­ten, avoid cross­con­tam­i­na­tion, cook foods to proper tem­per­a­tures and re­frig­er­ate foods promptly.

12. Eat healthy, stay ac­tive. Eat fruits and veg­eta­bles which pack nu­tri­ents and help lower the risk for cer­tain dis­eases. Limit your por­tion sizes and foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Also, be ac­tive for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be ac­tive for at least 1 hour a day.

Daniel Bevels is Pub­lic Re­la­tions MAn­ager for Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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HON DO­NA­TION: Lo­cal chil­dren who oth­er­wise might not have a Christ­mas are get­ting help this hol­i­day sea­son from a Cedar­town man­u­fac­tur­ing firm. The HON Com­pany pro­vided enough gifts to spon­sor Christ­mas presents for five chil­dren un­der the care of the De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­drens Ser­vice. Want to help out too? Con­tact Robin Forston at DFCS by call­ing 404-895-6517 to­day. There’s still time to make sure that a child has a present un­der the tree this hol­i­day sea­son.

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