Holiday Health Tips | Nov. 19, 2012 | 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 a time to protect yourself 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 safe and 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.

* Stay warm in cold temperatures. Bundle up.

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

 Picture of fruits and vegetables. (USDA photo)
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. If food isn’t cooked, stored and/or handled correctly, people can become ill with food poisoning, colds, flu and other conditions.

* Eat healthy and be active. Eat with balance and moderation and remain active. Limit your portion sizes and avoid eating foods high in fat and sugar.


Influenza vaccines are now available at the Student Health Center, 2nd floor, while supplies last. Flu shots will be administered Mondays thru Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m, and Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m. For more information, call (323) 343-3301. (There is no charge for currently enrolled CSULA students. It is $10 for University faculty and staff members. Only cash or check is accepted.)

The University Library will be hosting a Thanksgiving Prep Rally on Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to help students prepare for their final papers and exams. For more info, go to

The CSULA campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23.


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