We are full steam ahead; the Holiday rush has begun. Beyond getting the flu vaccine, there’s a lot you can do to help your body weather the season. Allison Aiello, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina offer a few words to help us survive the Holidays.

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Alcohol use has been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. If you drink, do so in moderation.
  • As you prepare holiday meals, keep yourself and your guests safe from food-related illness. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces
  • Wash your hands at least three times per day.
  • Before you attend a party or are sitting down to eat a big holiday dinner, make sure to fill up on plenty of water. Water fills you up and is good for you in just about every way.
  • Depression and suicidality increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family.
  • Take more walks. Physical activity is the clearest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year.
  • Spicy foods boost your metabolism so enjoy hot peppers, hot sauce, cayenne pepper and the like when cooking your favorite dishes or vegetables.

Enjoy the season…Happy Holiday!