HOLIDAY STORY IDEAS
December 16, 1996
Media Contact: John Cramer
Phone: (410) 955-1534
The holiday season can be a time of happiness -- but also health risks. Hopkins experts are available to discuss the following story ideas about common holiday ailments:
- Flu: Getting an influenza A vaccine is important, especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory ailments, AIDS or other chronic health problems.
- Shoveling Snow: Over-exertion may cause heart attack, low-back strain and muscle aches.
- Drunken driving and safe driving: To avoid traffic fatalities and injuries, use designated drivers. Also, drive at a safe speed, follow at a safe distance and leave extra time to cope with roads that are congested, slick with snow or rain, or narrowed by snow drifts.
- Stress: Preparing presents, meals and parties may lead to pressure that can dampen holiday spirits.
- Dressing smart: Building a snowman, sledding and other outdoor activities can be sweaty work, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing.
- Ice skating, sledding and skiing: Outdoor activities with unfamiliar sports equipment may lead to broken bones, pulled muscles, bumps and bruises.
- Cooking: Avoid food poisoning by thoroughly cooking the turkey and other food.
- Eating: Avoid heartburn and upset stomach by not overeating. Also, too much abstinence can lead to depression and in turn overeating, so allow yourself to enjoy holiday treats in moderation.