Holiday Wellness Tips

The following was shared by our wellness team here at the College.   I wanted to share them with you.

“Here are a few reminders regarding how to stay healthy during the cold winter months, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Have Fun At Parties & Gatherings:

  • If you have special dietary needs, ask ahead of time what food will be served.  This way, you can see how it fits into your meal plan.
  • Bring a nutritious snack or dish for yourself and others.
  • Focus on friends, family and activities instead of food.
  • Take a walk after a meal.

Enjoy Holiday Goodies Without Over-Eating:

  • If you’re at a buffet, fix your plate and move to another room away from the food, if possible.
  • Choose smaller portions.
  • Choose low-calorie drinks such as sparkling water, unsweetened tea or diet beverages.
  • Watch out for heavy holiday favorites such as hams coated with a honey glaze, turkey swimming in gravy and side dishes loaded with butter,  sour cream, cheese or mayonnaise. Instead, choose turkey without gravy and trim off the skin, or other lean meats.
  • Look for side dishes and vegetables that are light on butter, dressing and other extra fats and sugars, such as marshmallows or fried vegetable toppings.
  • Avoid excess salt. Some holiday favorites are made with foods high in sodium. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables that are low in sodium.
  • Select fruit instead of pies, cakes and other desserts high in fat, cholesterol and sugar.

Stay Healthy While Traveling:

  • Maintain a physical activity routine, even when you’re away from home. Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 days per week.
  • Be mindful of germs around large groups of people, such as airports. Wash your hands often and try to avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your face/eyes/nose to avoid illness.
  • Pack healthy snacks (fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, etc.) to avoid eating junk food that is often easily accessible when traveling.
  • If you’re going to be flying/driving for long periods of time, reduce your risk for blood clots by moving around every hour or two.”
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