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Seasonal Diet Tips

Explore our expert knowledge on topics such as healthy eating during the holidays, and how to live into a happier and healthier you in the New Year. Discover tips and tricks on how to avoid weight gain at holiday parties and while on vacation.

Fall Health Tips that Won't Make Halloween a Night of Frights

When it comes to the fall season, the only fright should be the ghosts and goblins on Halloween night, not the scare of good health! From scheduling annual check-ups to wearing appropriate clothing, treat (and not trick) yourself with these fall health tips!


Fall Health Tips

1. Consider A Flu Shot
Cold and flu season approach each fall and winter and places the risk of serious illness. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Learn more reasons to get the flu shot, which to get, and where to get it this year at the official CDC webpage.

2. Schedule Annual Check-Ups
One of the most valuable autumn health tips is keeping in the know of your health by scheduling annual check-ups. Proactive and consistent doctor visits can make sure health problems are identified and treated early, including blood pressure and lipid readings, skin checks, and other potential and warranted vaccinations.

3. Keep Food Safe
Holiday celebrations feature an abundance of food and drinks presented on tables, which may open the invitation to some pesky and unwanted guests... To minimize the risk of bacterial contamination and foodborne illnesses, practice these fact safety basics and rules, including keeping hands and surfaces clean, separating and avoiding cross-contamination, and chilling foods promptly and heating thoroughly.

4. Wear Appropriate Clothing
Changing seasons causes changing weather and accommodating wardrobes. To keep warm during the fall weather, dress appropriately with long sleeves, sweaters, jackets, gloves, sock caps, boots, and other pieces of clothing you may need. Also keep additional layers in your car or travel bag as a precautionary measure.

5. Prepare for and Cope with Daylight Savings Time
During the fall season, clocks "fall back" an hour to gain an extra 60 minutes during the day. The light will be prominent earlier in the morning while darkness will appear starting in the afternoon and evening hours. Prepare for daylight savings time by adjusting clocks the day before, going to bed earlier, and these additional coping tips.

6. Moisturize the Skin
If you do not already apply a moisturizer already, this fall season poses the opportunity to do so. Their use can counterbalance the consequences of the dry air, protecting the integrity of the skin and improving tone and texture. Learn more about the importance of moisturizing and valuable tips here.

7. Keep Active
Do not allow the upcoming chilly days confine you to the couch... Keeping active can boost mood and the immune system, along with lessening the risk of the anticipated holiday weight gain. And while making it to the gym is admirable, exercise goes beyond structured workouts. Keep active by bundling up and taking the dog on a walk, parking further away from store entrances, and raking the fall leaves.

8. Make Plans
Although you can certainly hermit inside with a good book or television series, also make plans and break away from isolation. Doing so can elevate your mood and energy levels over the fall and winter seasons.

9. Consider Taking Vitamin D
Since most of our vitamin D comes from the shining sun, we may become deficient if spending more time inside. If you find you are not getting outside much or consuming sufficient vitamin D, consider taking a supplement to boost your mood and immune system, as a deficiency has also been associated to depression.

10. Stay Prepared
Along with keeping your body prepared for the cool season, do not forget to keep equipped on the home front. "Do I have a shovel ready if needed?" "Do my flashlights and portable radio have batteries?" and "Is my furnace heating okay?" are all questions to consider and acknowledge.

Written By Christy Zagarella, MS, RDN. Published on October 07, 2013. Updated on May 13, 2019.


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