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Halloween the Healthy Way

Halloween image with the wording Creatures of HabitJoin the Creatures of Habit this Halloween season and all year long. Make choices to stay healthy and strong.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween

Make Halloween festivities fun, safe, and healthy for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Take steps to prevent the flu

It's Halloween and the flu season is here! Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.

Wash your hands, please

There's no trick to keeping your hands clean to help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If that's not possible, use alcohol-based hand rubs.

Keep your fangs healthy

Brush with fluoride toothpaste. Floss every day. Don’t go batty for sugary treats.

Sleep tight

Sweet dreams! Don't look a fright this Halloween! Sufficient sleep should be thought of as a vital sign of good health. That means 7 to 9 hours daily for adults.

Treat yourself to fruits and veggies

Be sure to watch your portions--especially on Halloween! Also, think fruits and veggies! They make a great healthy snack to serve for Halloween parties. Check out How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight for tips, recipes, and more!

Become a smoke-free creature of habit

Smoking is very harmful to the body. Quitting is a treat for you and your loved ones too. Make your Halloween activities smoke- and tobacco-free events. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure.

Prevent injuries

For a nonfood treat, check out a fun coloring book. Color Me Safe! from CDC tells the rhyming story of the "Safe Family," who take steps to protect themselves from injury at home, on the road, and at play.

Get smart about antibiotics

Don’t be haunted by sickness! Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as: colds or flu, most coughs and bronchitis, sore throats not caused by strep, or runny noses. See your doctor or nurse for help.

Be prepared for chiiiiiilly weather

If it’s cold, be sure to dress warmly on Halloween and throughout fall and winter. Know other good tricks to stay healthy in cold weather. For instance, don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.

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