How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

Cooler weather, shorter days and social distancing may provide ample reasons not to eat well, exercise regularly and get out in the fresh air this holiday season. Although the holidays may continue to look and feel a little different this year thanks to the pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to make them happy and healthy. Start by trying to do something good for your mental and physical wellbeing every chance you get. Here are some ways to be safe, stay jolly and enjoy this merry time.

Gather Small

Family gatherings continue to be a personal decision. If you do plan to get together, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. Consider celebrating with just the people in your household and those that are fully vaccinated. And if you must venture out or your gathering expands, takes steps to make your celebration safer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out some recommendations that include properly wearing a mask and washing your hands often (or using hand sanitizer in a pinch). See other CDC suggestions for the holidays.

Pay Attention to Your Plate

If you can’t go without the holiday ham, remember to practice good portion control when eating. A good rule of thumb is to fill half of your plate with veggies, a quarter with grains (bread, rice) and a quarter with protein (meat). Even better, use your hand as a measuring cup. One thumb equals one serving of cheese. An open palm is about the size of a serving of meat. A closed fist is similar to one serving of fruit or vegetable. A cupped hand is one serving of grains.

Eat the Rainbow

It never hurts to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables ― and do so following the portion suggestions from above. It’s one of the best things you can do to give your immune system a boost. This will ensure you get nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin A, which are common in produce and also help fight off illness.

Resist the Urge to “Feast or Famine”

With all of the eating that goes on during the holidays, you may think it’s wise to only have one big meal on celebration days. But the fact is your body is not meant to be starved one minute just to be stuffed the next. If you approach a holiday dinner as just one meal and eat additional light, healthy snacks throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy holiday eating without a lot of guilt or overindulgence.

Be a Winter Walker
Being physically active can help you reduce holiday weight gain, seasonal blues and the stresses of the season. But what do you do if the temperature really drops or it gets dark before you can get outside? Take a walk inside. If you can practice social distancing at the mall, it’s a great place to be protected from the weather and have a well-lit, flat walking surface. Or, challenge yourself with the stairs in your own home for a good workout for your mind and body.

Fight Off Stress

Preparing for the holidays can be stressful. Although stress can’t always be avoided, ongoing stress causes your body to crave food and feel sluggish. So as not to stress eat during the holidays, try hydrating often with water, exercising or simply enjoying time with your family. The water and exercise will help curb the feeling of needing to eat. Being with your loved ones will also distract you from reaching for food. Just don’t forget to get good rest to build up your body’s ability to keep viruses away.

Relax and Be Thankful
A few seasonal splurges won’t completely derail you. Remember that what you are trying to achieve throughout the year are overall healthy habits. As long as you go back to healthy meals and regular physical activity sooner than later, you can take the time to enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer.

Remember, Self-Care is Important

Don’t let this busy season take a toll on your mental and emotional health. If you notice ongoing problems with sleep, changes in eating habits or difficulty staying focused, contact your doctor or a behavioral health counselor at Community Healthcare Center for help. Community Healthcare Center is here to keep you and your family well throughout the fall and winter months. Plus, we offer telemedicine visits from the comfort of your home. Please call (940)766-6306 to schedule an appointment.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season!

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Community Healthcare Center is celebrating National Health Center Week with some special events on Wednesday, August 10th. These community events include:

• Free Community Hotdog Lunch on Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome. (While supplies last.)

• Community Blood Drive with Texas Blood Institute (TXBI) on Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Look for the TXBI Bloodmobile at Community Healthcare Center.

All events will be at Community Healthcare Center located at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.

Thank you to our sponsors for the Free Community Lunch: Wichita Home Health Services, Wichita Medical Supply and Red River Hospital.

For more information, please call (940) 766-6306.
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Community Healthcare Center is celebrating National Health Center Week with some special events on Wednesday, August 10th. These community events include:

• Free Community Hotdog Lunch on Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome.  (While supplies last.)

• Community Blood Drive with Texas Blood Institute (TXBI) on Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Look for the TXBI Bloodmobile at Community Healthcare Center.

All events will be at Community Healthcare Center located at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301. 

Thank you to our sponsors for the Free Community Lunch: Wichita Home Health Services, Wichita Medical Supply and Red River Hospital.

For more information, please call (940) 766-6306.

This week is National Health Center Week. What is National Health Center Week? National Health Center Week is a dedicated week each year to celebrate the 1,400 health centers nationwide that serve over thirty million Americans. That means about 1 in 12 people in the United States gets their care at a Community Health Center.

Since 1994, Community Healthcare Center has provided high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare to our community, delivering value to, and having a significant impact on our local healthcare system. In 2021, Community Healthcare Center served over 31,000 patients with over 113,000 visits.

Last Tuesday, August 2nd, DeeDee McKinney, Associate Operations Officer and David Preston, Director of Marketing & Outreach accepted the Mayor's Proclamation proclaiming August 7th through the 13th as National Health Center Week here locally.

To celebrate National Health Center Week, your Community Healthcare Center will be having some special events that will give you the opportunity to visit your local health center and celebrate the important partnership they have with your community. Those community events include:

• Free Community Hotdog Lunch on Wednesday, August 10th from 11:00am to 1:30pm. The community lunch is sponsored by Wichita Home Health Services, Wichita Medical Supply and Red River Hospital. (*While supplies last.)

• Community Blood Drive with Texas Blood Institute (TXBI) on Wednesday, August 10th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Look for the TXBI Bloodmobile at Community Healthcare Center.

• FREE Sports Physical Clinic on Thursday, August 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Our Free Sports Physical Clinic is sponsored by First National Bank and Anderson Ranch Graphics.

We also would like to say thank you to FORVIS for being a National Health Center Week sponsor.

All events will be at Community Healthcare Center located at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.

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This week is National Health Center Week. What is National Health Center Week? National Health Center Week is a dedicated week each year to celebrate the 1,400 health centers nationwide that serve over thirty million Americans. That means about 1 in 12 people in the United States gets their care at a Community Health Center. 

Since 1994, Community Healthcare Center has provided high-quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare to our community, delivering value to, and having a significant impact on our local healthcare system. In 2021, Community Healthcare Center served over 31,000 patients with over 113,000 visits. 

Last Tuesday, August 2nd, DeeDee McKinney, Associate Operations Officer and David Preston, Director of Marketing & Outreach accepted the Mayors Proclamation proclaiming August 7th through the 13th as National Health Center Week here locally.

To celebrate National Health Center Week, your Community Healthcare Center will be having some special events that will give you the opportunity to visit your local health center and celebrate the important partnership they have with your community. Those community events include:

• Free Community Hotdog Lunch on Wednesday, August 10th from 11:00am to 1:30pm. The community lunch is sponsored by Wichita Home Health Services, Wichita Medical Supply and Red River Hospital. (*While supplies last.)

• Community Blood Drive with Texas Blood Institute (TXBI) on Wednesday, August 10th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Look for the TXBI Bloodmobile at Community Healthcare Center.

• FREE Sports Physical Clinic on Thursday, August 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Our Free Sports Physical Clinic is sponsored by First National Bank and Anderson Ranch Graphics. 

We also would like to say thank you to FORVIS for being a National Health Center Week sponsor.

All events will be at Community Healthcare Center located at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Wichita Falls, Texas 76301. 

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