Lincoln – DHHS offers these tips to keep you and your loved ones happy, healthy and safe over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.
Handle and prepare food properly.
As you prepare holiday meals, prevent food-related illness and burns.
- 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.
- Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
- Keep hot food away from little hands. Use the back burner of the stove and make sure pot handles, dishes and pans aren’t close to the edge of the stove, counter or table.
If you’re traveling, ensure a safe trip.
- Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive.
- Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for his/her height, weight, and age.
- Drive distraction free, put your phone away.
Get your flu shot.
Flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
- Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year.
- After you get a flu shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to build immunity.
The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook.
- Keep your commitments and spending in check.
- Balance work, home, and play.
- Get support from family and friends.
- Keep a relaxed and positive outlook.
- Make sure to get proper sleep.
Eat healthy. Be active.
Enjoy the holidays the healthy way.
- Choose fresh fruit as a festive substitute for sweets.
- Try to limit portion sizes and your intake of fats, salt, and sugary foods.
- Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music.
- Be active for at least two and a half hours a week.
- Help kids and teens be active for at least an hour a day.