Press Release/December 11, 2015 – As the holiday season approaches, the Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to stay healthy amidst the lineup of Christmas parties and holiday stress.
“Christmas is the season be jolly, but these happy times also bring risks to your health. We must be conscious of any potential holiday health hazard, such as indigestion, allergies, high blood pressure, injuries due to accidents, and alcohol-related problems. We can have fun and be healthy at the same time if we learn to balance and moderate ourselves.” Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto Garin said.
From December to January, Christmas and New Year is the longest festivities in the country. DOH advises to prepare well-balanced holiday meals. Make sure that vegetables and fruits are on the table, together with your traditional holiday food, such as ham, lechon, queso de bola, and sweets. It is also a must to ensure cleanliness and freshness of the food prepared or brought to parties to avoid food poisoning.
If a glorious holiday buffet can’t be avoided, DOH recommends eating just the right amount and kind of food in parties and gatherings. Eat moderate amounts of nutritious foods to sustain your daily activities. Avoid salty and fatty foods. These foods may cause heart conditions and other diseases. It will also help to drink plenty of liquids, such as water and fruit juices, to facilitate excretion.
As much as possible, avoid too much alcohol. It is very important not to drink and drive. Too much alcohol can cause serious damage to the liver and heart or may induce stroke. Drunk driving results in vehicular accidents.
DOH reiterates the importance of regular exercise along with healthy diet. Walk, run, dance, and exercise regularly to stay active during the holidays. Also, one must get enough sleep so that the mind and body can rest.
To minimize holiday stress, DOH encourages to prepare ahead and avoid holiday rush. Over fatigue and stress may cause complications, such as heart diseases and hypertension.
“Pasko man o bagong taon, hindi ito dahilan para abusuhin natin ang ating katawan. Pangalagaan natin ang ating sarili upang ang Pasko ay maging maligaya at sabay-sabay nating salubungin ang Bagong Taon ng ligtas, malusog, at masagana.” Garin concluded.