With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, it is important to take steps to be safe and healthy. Here are Dr. Rutledge’s tips for a healthy holiday season:
Get back to cold, flu and COVID-19 prevention basics.
With the holiday season comes an increase in respiratory viruses and this is a good time to get back to basics with our infection prevention efforts. Wash your hands frequently, stay home if you don’t feel well, maintain social distancing when possible, and wear a mask indoors or when around vulnerable people. Also remember to get your flu shot and stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine or boosters.
Review your holiday health checklist.
Know your doctor’s holiday hours and schedule any needed medical appointments. Discuss your care plan with your health care team and know how to reach them if needed. If necessary, refill your medications and medical supplies (e.g., blood testing strips, hearing aid batteries, etc.) so that you don’t run out.
Know your health care options in the community.
Knowing the right care option in the community for your condition can help you get back to holiday festivities quicker. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, options for care in our community include family doctors; Regional Virtual Urgent Care; Osler’s Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Departments. Learn more about where to go for care at www.williamoslerhs.ca/healthcareoptions.
Make family time active and fun!
Stay active and spend time with family and friends during the shorter winter days. Take part in winter sports like skiing, skating, tobogganing or even go for a nice winter walk. Ensure you dress appropriately and always wear protective safety equipment. Stay warm, be active and have fun!
Avoid the temptation to overindulge.
During the holiday season, it’s easy to overindulge while entertaining or visiting with friends and family. Limit high fat, salty or sweet foods – moderation and portion control are key to a healthy and balanced diet.