As we enter the holidays, keep in mind that along with the season's joys, there are higher risks of illness and injury. Here's my simple formula for a Happy Holiday Season:
1. Take Care of Yourself
Modify your exercise program for cooler, wetter weather. Don't stop taking those daily walks - just move them indoors!
Stick with your quality nutrition program. "Just Say No" to sugar, fat, and excessive alcohol.
Get your flu shot. Build immunity before visiting friends and relatives spreading cheer (and germs).
Avoid ladders. Nearly every year someone we love suffers serious injury installing lights or rooftop decorations during the holidays. Ask someone more agile for help.
Practice fire safety. Check holiday lighting for frayed cords. Use fire screens around fireplaces and stoves. And remember - candles during dinner may set a great table, but those small flames can spread quickly.
2. Take Care of Others
Volunteer at a food bank or community center.
Visit someone who is isolated during this season of good cheer. Whether from illness, disability, bereavement, or just a case of the blues, this can be a challenging time of year.
3. Have Some Fun!
Bring a friend and join us for our Second Annual Healthy Holidays Open House on December 9, 2014. See you there!
On behalf of your n1Health team, thanks for supporting our program of good health. Spread the word! We still have room for new patients who are looking for a comprehensive, compassionate, health-centered approach. Yours in health, Dr. Dan
By J. Dan Morris, M.D.
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