DOH-Collier encourages healthy holiday habits this Thanksgiving

Ways to keep you healthy during Thanksgiving…and beyond!

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NAPLES — The Florida Department of Health in Collier (DOH-Collier) encourages healthy holiday habits to help get residents and visitors through the season. Remember, with balance and moderation, everyone can enjoy the season the healthy way.

Be COVID Conscious! COVID-19 remains in our community. Ways to celebrate Thanksgiving include:

• Have a small dinner with only the people who live in your household. Remember: students visiting from college and relatives from out of state or city, county, etc… are considered outside of your household.

• Shop online rather than in person.

• Watch sports events, parades, and movies from home.

Receiving your COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. It is safe, effective, and proved to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death. The COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are available on a walk-in basis at DOH-Collier, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by visiting vaccines.gov.

Shoo the Flu! Do not forget it is still flu season! Being around more people, traveling, changing your diet, and staying up late can put you at a higher risk of getting sick. Make sure to take precautions such as getting the flu shot, washing your hands, avoiding contact with individuals who are sick, and cough and sneeze into your shirt sleeve, elbow, or tissue. Be a flu fighter this season!

Wash Up! Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after handling raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood. Hand washing also helps to prevent the spread of sickness. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.

Get Sleep! Aim to get between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Being sleep deprived can lead to mindless eating during the day. Some tips for a good night sleep include avoiding large meals and caffeine before bedtime, exercising during the day, keeping your room quiet and dark, and being consistent with your bedtime.

Buckle up! Whenever operating or riding in a motor vehicle it is important to buckle up. Take the extra minute to make sure you and your passengers are buckled and ready to go. If you are consuming alcoholic beverages, designate a driver or contact a ride sharing service. Arrive alive, do not drink and drive.

Put Food Away! Make sure to refrigerate perishable food within two hours. If the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, chill food within one hour. It is best to divide leftovers into smaller portions and place the food in shallow containers to refrigerate or freeze them.

Do not Skip! Do not skip meals to save room for the feast. You will end up being hungrier and overeat.

Eat Slowly! It can take your brain at least 20 minutes to realize you are full.

Get Moving! It is important to stay physically active during the holiday season. It can help reduce hunger and stress. Remember: maintain do not gain!

Be Conscious! If you have a sweet treat, cut back on other foods high in carbohydrates during the meal. Foods high in carbohydrates could be breads and potatoes.

Brighten your holiday season by making health and safety a priority with these healthy holiday habits!

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

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