Holiday Health: Put it on Your List This Season

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Holiday Health: Put it on Your List This Season

The holidays are here, you’re busy and the last thing you need is for you or one of your family members to get sick or injured. Believe me, ain’t nobody got time for that. So, in between shopping, cooking, decorating, attending recitals and generally being festive, here are 8 tips to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe this season.

  1. Keep Your Hands Clean: Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to ward off colds, flu and other nasty germs that are out in force at the mall, the classroom and the office. Rubbing hands together briskly for at least 20 seconds with soap and running water should do the trick.
  2. (Try to) Eat Healthy and be Active: We know there are going to be more temptations to overindulge at this time of year, but try to make a conscious effort to eat a little healthier when you can. Have fruit for breakfast, enjoy a protein shake here and there so when you do eat more than one piece of Aunt Joyce’s Mississippi Mud Pie, you don’t feel horrible. Then, get some exercise. Fit in a workout at the gym, or go for a walk while you’re visiting the in-laws.
  3. Don’t Get Stressed: Repeat after us, “Everything does not have to be absolutely perfect this season.” You may be late for a party, that dessert may be a little lumpy and the perfect gift for your sister might have to wait until next year. Take deep breaths, get support from your family and for goodness sake, make sure you get enough sleep.
  4. Don’t Smoke: The only thing smoking this holiday should be the chimney or your husband’s turkey.
  5. Drink Responsibly: Hangovers are no fun. Holiday hangovers are worse because you usually have something to do the next day. Try limiting drinks, or have a glass of water in between glasses of wine.
  6. Bundle Up: In Louisiana it could very well be 70 degrees on Christmas Eve. However, if the temperatures do dip, dress warmly, add layers and bundle up those babies.
  7. Keep an Eye on the Kiddos: Watch the kids when they are playing or eating. Hard candies and small toy pieces can be choking hazards. Make sure directions are followed and toys are used appropriately.
  8. Prevent Injuries: Injuries are lurking everywhere during the holidays. So, use step stools when hanging lights, wear helmets when riding that new bike or skateboard, keep kids and pets away from candles and be careful when it comes to fireworks on New Years.

Four Walk-In Clinics

Here in the New Orleans area, LCMC Health Urgent Care has four convenient, walk-in clinics to treat you and your family should you need this holiday season. Our locations in Lakeview (826 Harrison Ave. Ste. A), Gretna (2600 Belle Chase, Hwy B-2), and Luling (107 Maryland Dr.) are open 7 days a week and no appointment is ever necessary. Our reach also extends to the Covington area with our LCMC Health Urgent Care (formerly Lake Urgent Care Northshore).  Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All four locations will be open 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve/ New Years Eve. The Lakeview, Gretna, and Covington locations will be open 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Christmas Day/New Years Day.

Minor Illnesses or Injuries Treated Quickly

When minor illnesses or injuries occur, LCMC Health Urgent Care provides a conve­nient, affordable alternative without appointments or long wait times. Minor conditions treated include: ear and eye infections, fever, allergies, minor cuts that may need stitches, possi­ble broken bones and simple fractures, minor skin infec­tions, severe sore throat, sprains and strains, and vomit­ing and diarrhea. All locations offer modern, state-of-the-art facili­ties with the latest technology including digital X-ray and electronic medical records. LCMC Health Urgent Care is backed by the outstanding resources and reputation of LCMC Health. LCMC Health manages some of the top hospitals in the New Orleans area including Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital and West Jefferson Hospital. For more infor­mation, visit our website, or get answers at any LCMC Health Urgent Care location.

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