Past Monthly Health Topics
- Celebrate National Public Health Week: 5 day, 5 essential articles about living a healthy lifestyle!
- Tips for Parents – Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
- 12 Ways to Be Healthy this Holiday Season
- Overweight & Obesity in Cooper County School Age Children 2009 - 2010
- Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
- Whole Grains for Healthy Meals
- Eating For Health
- The History Of Vitamin D
12 Ways to Be Healthy this Holiday Season
Most people know the traditional Christmas song, The 12 Days of Christmas, which evokes visions of maids milking, geese laying and those 12 drummers drumming. This year, the Cooper County Public Health Center encourages you to give yourself and others the gift of good health by practicing these 12 Ways to Healthy:
- Wash hands often to keep from spreading germs and getting sick. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.
- Manage stress. Don't over-commit yourself and keep holiday spending in check. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Balance work, home and play. Get support from family and friends. Practice time management. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook.
- Travel safely. Whether you're traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. 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 according to his/her height, weight and age. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive.
- Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, talk to your health care provider or contact your local health department for help.
- Get exams and screenings. Exams and screenings can help find problems early on or even before they start, when the chances for treatment and cure are better.
- Get your vaccinations, which help prevent diseases and save lives. Ask what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans, medical history and family health history.
- Monitor the children. Children are at high risk for injuries that can lead to death or disability. Keep a watchful eye on your kids when they’re eating and playing. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards (like coins and hard candy), and other objects out of kids' reach. Learn how to provide early treatment for children who are choking. Make sure toys are used properly.
- Practice safety at home. Injuries can occur anywhere and some often occur around the holidays. Use step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so be careful to never leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves or candles unattended. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees and curtains. Don't use generators, grills, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage. Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Test them once a month, and replace batteries twice a year. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
- Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
- Eat healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat and sugar.
- Get moving. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.