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.
2020 New Year’s Resolution Support
The Shape Your Future and Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline New Year’s Toolkit (login required – for members only) and 2020 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 2020.
New 2019 CDC Feature Article – Say No to Raw Dough: Spending time with family and friends while preparing delicious baked foods in the kitchen is a great way to celebrate special occasions. Follow these safety tips to help you stay healthy when handling raw dough (English and Spanish language versions available).
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 2019 materials:
- Holiday Season “enforcement” materials [Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over]
- Holiday Season “enforcement” materials [Drive High Get a DUI]
- Holiday Season “social norming” materials [Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving]
NHTSA has also created a Products for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK), which contains customizable materials to help you successfully spread the campaign’s message, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and complement your enforcement campaign.
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: Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry: Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry (English and Spanish language versions available).
Article: Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter: Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults (English and Spanish language versions available).
7 Healthy Holiday Strategies: Take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to consider these 7 healthy habits that help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
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 (English and Spanish language versions available).
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.