The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, reflect and spend time with friends and family. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Office (CDC) lists some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.
- Wash your hands often. Keeping your 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 clean running water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product such as a hand sanitizer.
- Stay 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. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Be sure to manage your schedule and spending. Balance work, home, and play. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Get enough sleep.
- Travel safely. Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. 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 according to his/her height, weight, and age. If you are traveling out of the country be sure to get your vaccinations. Travel vaccinations are available at AFC Bridgeport. We always accept walk-ins with little to no wait time, and our office is open every day!’
- Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or talk to your health care provider for help.
- Get check-ups and vaccinations. Exams and screenings can help find problems early or before they start. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. AFC Bridgeport is pleased to announce that we now offer primary care services to Medicaid and Medicare patients! We have a fully qualified staff of general practitioners on board, and will do whatever it takes to take care of families within our community.
***At AFC , we offer high-quality digital x-rays. Our digital x-rays can give you the answers that you need fast. The benefit of having x-ray services at an urgent care center is to surpass the long wait at the emergency room and is more cost-effective.
- Watch the kids. Children are at high risk for injuries so be sure to keep a watchful eye on your kids. 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.
- Prevent injuries. Injuries from putting up decorations, slips and falls often occur around the holidays. Use step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations. Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended. Do not 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. Regularly test and change the batteries regularly.
- Handle and prepare food safely. As you prepare holiday meals, keep you and your family safe from food-related illness. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature and refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
- Eat healthy, and be active. With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holidays the healthy way. Choose more vegetables and fruit. Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week.