Make this holiday season a happy, healthy one – and usher in a healthy new year for you and your community with these public health resources.
2018 New Year’s Resolution Support
The Shape Your Future and Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline New Year’s Toolkit (login required – for members only) and 2018 Swiss Cheese News Releases are now available! As part of its New Year’s campaign, Shape Your Future, a TSET/OSDH initiative, encourages Oklahoma families to try swapping out a few poor food choices and activities for easy, healthy ones. Available resources include talking points, healthy tips and recipes, and a sample press release. Use and share these materials to show your organization or coalition’s support of the campaign and lead your community toward a healthier 2018.
New 2018 CDC Feature Article – Ring in 2018 Smokefree: The holiday season is a great time to encourage folks to talk with their doctor about quitting smoking and begin taking steps to becoming tobacco-free for the new year! CDC’s resources are updated each year for those making New Year’s resolutions to be smoke-free.
Resources to Curb Holiday Drinking and Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s communication resource, Traffic Safety Marketing, has developed “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” Holiday Season 2017 materials:
- Holiday Season “enforcement” materials [Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over]
- Holiday Season “social norming” materials [Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving]
NHTSA’s year-round public service campaigns, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and The Ultimate Party Foul include customizable materials to help prevent underage drinking, as well as drinking and driving.
Tips to Make the Winter Holidays Healthier
Shape Your Future has created Healthy Holidays informational flyers, posters, activity sheets and more on healthy living you can print and distribute in your community or link to online. Seasonally-appropriate topics include:
- Winter Activities Flyer (tip sheet on staying physically active and safe during the winter)
- Helpful Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season (healthy eating, physical activity and movement, and being tobacco free)
Resolve to Undo Holiday Overindulgences: Share CDC’s feature article & healthy eating resources to inspire others to eat healthier and move more this holiday season.
Article: Holiday Health and Safety Tips: CDC’s Office of Women’s Health has provided list of tips and additional resources including a holiday song, e-cards, and podcasts (English and Spanish language versions available).
Holiday Cooking Fact Sheet: Keep Foodborne Illness Off The Menu: For many, the holiday season brings friends, family, and lots of good food. Every year, approximately 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) become ill with a foodborne illness. This resource from OSDH can help you remind everyone that it’s important to practice food safety when preparing holiday foods.
5 Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays: It can be difficult to eat healthy during the holidays, but these tips will help you get through the holiday season while helping maintain a balanced diet.
Program Resource Guide: Mall Walking this Winter: Although mall walking can be done by almost anyone, it tends to be most popular among people middle-aged and older. As these CDC resources note, mall walking programs can provide safe, convenient, and warm places for physical activity.
National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January 1-31): Raise awareness among women and families of birth defects, their causes, and their impact, as well as actions they can take to help have a healthy baby.