Holiday Health Tips | Spotlight

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A gift of wellness

Some tips for staying healthy during the holidays

The holidays are times to gather, to celebrate, to give thanks and reflect. They should also be times to protect your health and the health of others. With final exams coming soon enough, and amid the stress and pleasures of the holidays, the Student Health Center encourages you to follow these tips to stay healthy.

Close-up picture of someone washing their hands. (NIH photo)
One of the best ways to stop the spread of flu viruses is keeping your hands clean.

* Wash your hands often. Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways you can avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

* Practice respiratory etiquette. Covering your coughs and sneezes helps prevent spreading germs around.

* Stay warm in cold temperatures. Bundle up.

* Manage stress. Balance work, home, fun, and spending. Holidays are great times to get support from family and friends to relax.

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Fruits and vegetables bring a cornucopia of benefits to your diet.

* Travel safely and drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or allow anyone to do so. Always buckle up!

* Get check-ups and vaccinations. Use free time during the holidays to make medical visits and get vaccinations.

* Prevent fire and injuries. Keep candles away from children, pets, trees and other flammable objects.

* Handle and prepare foods safely.

* Eat healthy and be active. Stay healthier by eating with balance and moderation and keeping an active lifestyle. Limit your portion sizes and avoid eating foods high in fat and sugar.


Influenza/H1N1 vaccines are now available at the Student Health Center, 2nd floor, while supplies last. (The fee is $5 for CSULA students and $15 for University faculty and staff. Only cash or check is accepted.) Flu shots will be administered Monday through Thursday, 8:45-11:45 a.m. and 1-5 p.m., and Fridays, 8:45-11:45 a.m. For more information, call (323) 343-3301.

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