This spooky season is a time of celebration for many local families. | Unsplash
This spooky season is a time of celebration for many local families, and public health is offering tips for staying safe and healthy.
Protect yourself against COVID-19.
- Protect those not yet eligible for vaccination, such as young children, by getting vaccinated.
- Wear masks if you are in indoor public places if you are not fully vaccinated.
- Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated spaces – outdoors is safest.
Get active – Schedule time to be active this Halloween.
- Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers, improve your mental health and mood, and increase your chances of living a longer life.
Eat right – Don’t spend this Halloween gorging yourself on junk food and sweets.
- Treat yourself and your guests to healthier choices and nutritious treats like fruits, nuts or vegetables.
- Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances important for good health.
KEEP YOUR BITE HEALTHY – Take care of your teeth the right way and brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste every day.
- Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States.
- Untreated tooth decay can lead to infections that can lead to problems with play and learning.
Play it safe – Take precautions to stay safe while you do tricks on Halloween night.
- Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flashlight.
- Visit the CDC’s Injury Center for safety tips: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/.
Scare away the flu and colds.
- Wash your hands frequently and stay home when you are sick.
- Anyone six months and older should get the flu shot every year.
Don’t be a zombie – Sleep is important, even on Halloween!
- Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s better for staying healthy and helping to fight disease.
- Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Be Afraid of Smoking – Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free.
- Smoking harms almost every organ in the body, causing many diseases.
- Get help quitting smoking: 800-NO-BUTTS.
Source: Centers for Disease Control