Healthy for the Holidays

December 19, 2019

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Jolly and Bright or SAD?

The holiday season is a time that can be filled with joy, family, friends and cheer. But if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), your mood can become gloomy with seasonal changes.

If this sounds like something you feel seasonally, talk to your doctor about ways to change these feelings. There are many choices for SAD. A few examples are medicine, psychotherapy and vitamin D. Your doctor will be able to decide if you are in fact suffering from SAD. Make your holidays merry and bright again.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Holiday Health and Happiness

The holidays are a special time that brings joy and thankfulness. During all the festivities, it’s important to make sure you are staying healthy.

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear extra layers
  • Don't forget your flu shot
  • Enjoy a light snack before attending parties to avoid overeating
  • Fasten seatbelts while on the road
  • Don't drink and drive

Enjoy the holidays and remember to keep them safe and jolly!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Holiday Feasts

When thinking about holidays, a vision of a beautiful table with wonderful food may come to mind. It's important to practice food safety when making your tasty holiday meals.

Always wash your hands and countertops throughout preparation. Avoid cross-contamination. Be sure to cook food to the proper temperature and chill as soon as possible. Don't leave perishable items out more than two hours. Don't forget to enjoy!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas