WELLNESS TIPS AND TIDBITS
Holiday festivities are fast approaching and our Wellness Team wishes each one of you A Very Merry and Healthy Christmas!
The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what is important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.
Handle and prepare food safely. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready to eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature and refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
Eat healthy and be active. With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way. Limit fats, salt, and sugary foods. Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candy.
Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music or bundling up and taking a walk after eating, instead of playing video games or watching TV. Help your children be active for at least 1 hour a day.
The following are 10 tips for becoming more active as a family:
- Plan ahead and track your progress. Write your activity plans on a family calendar and allow the children to check it off after completing each activity
- Set specific activity times. Try to determine time throughout the week when the whole family is available to do some fun physical activity together.
- Include work around the house or yard. Involve the children in vacuuming, sweeping, raking, etc.
- Use what is available or activity that requires no equipment. Examples include walking, jogging, playing tag, dancing, playing catch with a ball.
- Build new skills. Try something new each month to keep it fun interesting.
- Plan for all weather conditions. Indoor activities may include active video games, dance party, or climbing stairs. Enjoy outdoor activities as a bonus when the weather is nice.
- Start small. Begin with one family activity and add more when you feel everyone is ready. Take the dog for a longer walk or play another ballgame, or stay an extra 15 minutes at the park.
- Include other families. Invite others to join in your family activities. This is a great way for you and your children to spend time with friends while being physically active.
- Turn off the TV. Set a rule that no one can spend longer than 2 hours per day playing video games,cellphones, watching TV, or using the computer(except for school work). Instead of watching TV, play an active family game, dance to your favorite music, or go for a walk.
- Treat the family with fun physical activity. When it is time to celebrate as a family, do something active as a reward. Plan a trip to the zoo, park, or lake.