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Holiday Health

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

7 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to consider these 7 healthy habits that help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Get Enough Sleep

Adults need at least 7 hours
of sleep every night.

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Drowsy Driving:
Avoid Falling Asleep at the Wheel

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Practice good sleep habits.


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Avoid alcohol and medicines that make you sleepy.


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Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of a sleep disorder like snoring.

TIP  |  For longer trips, consider sharing or breaking up your drive.

Get Active

When getting together, round up some family and friends for a walk or hike.

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DID YOU KNOW?  Adults need at least 150 minutes (22 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.

Eat Healthy

Reach for healthy options like fruits and vegetables instead of salty or sugary treats.

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Rethink Your Drink!

Substitute water for sugary or alcoholic drinks to reduce calories and stay safe.

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Quit Smoking

You can quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support.

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AVOID SECONDHAND SMOKE.  This holiday season, make your home and vehicles smokefree to protect your family from secondhand smoke.

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Get Your Flu Shot

An annual flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.


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Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.

Learn Your Family Health History

Take some time during get-togethers to talk about your family health history, and share the information with your doctor.

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