Health department offers tips to stay healthy over the holiday

Knox County Health Department offers tips to stay healthy over the holiday season

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"Keep things in moderation," said Connie Cronley. "I think that is one of the key things to remember." "Keep things in moderation," said Connie Cronley. "I think that is one of the key things to remember."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The holiday season is known for its hustle and bustle feel, but that feel can get you feeling down if you're not careful. 

Christmas Eve is just a week away, and for many Americans it's the busiest week of the year. From the crowds at the stores to the crowds at the airport, you're likely to come in contact with a host of germs.

The Centers for Disease control offers a holiday song promising the "Twelve Ways to Health."

The first tip is no surprise.

"The first way to health, said the CDC to me: wash hands to be safe and healthy," said the song.

"You'll be in parties, shaking hands and mingling with folks," said Connie Cronley, epidemiology nurse at the Knox County Health Department.

Cronley also has some tips of her own. The first is making sure you get your flu vaccine.

"We know that the flu season does not peak until January or even into February," said Cronley. "So definitely time to get that vaccine."

Among some of the other tips, the CDC urges people to manage stress by avoiding over committing yourself.

"Keep things in moderation," said Cronley. "I think that is one of the key things to remember."

Speaking of moderation, that's also important when making good food choices.

"Plan to enjoy some of those favorite treats, but you don't have to go back for seconds," said Cronley. "Use small plates and don't skip meals, so when you get to that party your famished and you just go crazy."

While we're on the topic of food, if hosting, make sure you prepare meals safely by keeping your cooking area clean.

"You want to be mindful of keeping things separate especially things that need to be cooked from things that are eaten raw," said Cronley.

The last bit of advice is to relax and enjoy yourself. After all the holidays only come, but once a year.


The Knox County Health Department recommends checking out these links for additional information.

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