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The 9 Biggest Holiday Health Issues and How They Can Be Avoided

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Typically, we all want to spend the holidays in all forms of celebration. Who doesn't want times filled with good cheer and good food with good friends and family?

Unfortunately, even during the holiday season, health issues can arise despite the best-laid plans, with the best of companions, and in the most festive of environments.

Here are nine of the biggest health issues during the holidays, and tips on how you can avoid them:

1) Gaining weight

Try to eat responsibly and track your food intake. Make time for exercise. For holiday parties, have an eating plan and stick with it. Limit yourself to two cocktails.

2) Choking

Health.com reported that “according to the National Safety Council, nearly 3,000 people in the United States die each year from choking.”

The holidays tend to be centered around food and meals. Remember to take small bites. Completely chew your food, and try to stay focused while eating. Watch kids so they don’t choke on food, toys or other foreign objects.

3) Children in accidents

The holidays are a busy time for both adults and children. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook things. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that we keep potentially dangerous toys, household items, and other objects out of kids' reach. Read instructions to ensure new (and old) toys are used the right way.

4) Drinking too much alcohol

The holidays are a time to celebrate but setting a two drink limit at parties will help you avoid hangovers and more.

5) Car accidents

Too much celebrating can unfortunately lead to car accidents during the holiday season. Don’t drink and drive. Take a car service. And always buckle up.

6) Getting sick

Holiday gatherings and social functions can bring out all types of germs and bacteria. The CDC said, “keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”

To ensure your hands are clean, wash them frequently and scrub them with soap for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

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