Halloween Health

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us… Here’s to a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween! As you get out to trick-or-treat with the kids, or attend or host a party yourself, keep these healthy tips in mind.

Get that body moving

Don’t be a stiff. Get at least 2½ hours of moderate physical activity a week. Ten minutes at a time is fine. Kids should get 60 minutes each day. See some of our great examples of things you can do as a family.

Treat yourself to fruits and veggies
Be sure to watch your portions—especially on Halloween. Also, think fruits and veggies. They make a great healthy snack to serve for Halloween parties.

Say “boo” to the flu
It’s Halloween and the flu season is here! Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.

Wash your hands
There’s no trick like keeping your hands clean to help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use alcohol-based hand rubs.

Keep your fangs healthy
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Floss every day. Don’t go batty for sugary treats.

Sleep tight
Don’t look a fright this Halloween! Sufficient sleep should be thought of as a vital sign of good health. That means 7 to 9 hours daily for adults.

Don’t be a smoking monster
Smoking is very harmful to the body. Quitting is a treat for you and your loved ones, too. Make your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco-free events.

Be prepared for chilly weather
Be sure to dress warmly on Halloween and throughout fall and winter. This year we may even get some rain, which is no fun. Know other good tricks to stay healthy in cold weather. For instance, don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented.

Get smart about antibiotics
Don’t be haunted by the wrong treatment! Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, most sore throats and bronchitis, and some ear infections. Unneeded antibiotics may lead to future antibiotic-resistant infections. Symptom relief might be the best treatment option.

Prevent injuries
Consider a nonfood treat for your loved ones this Halloween: a fun coloring book. Color Me Safe! from CDC tells the rhyming story of the “Safe Family,” who take steps to protect themselves from injury at home, on the road, and at play.

And of course…
Don’t let the ghouls and goblins get you!

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