Kern County Public Health shares Halloween health and safety tips

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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

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