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Happy healthy holidays!

Holiday time is hectic; we all know it and we all feel it in our own ways. Whether we’re running around to parties, shopping or trying to figure out how to cope during the holidays without a loved one’s presence, the stress creeps in. Often times we might find ourselves fighting off the holiday blues and stress eating along with fighting crowds in the stores.

The Center for Healthy Living team members want to help you have the best holiday season possible. Don’t forget they have resources on hand to assist anyone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, weight management, making healthy food choices and much more which is important this time of year as well as year-round.

According to Ellen Welch, registered dietitian at the Center for Healthy Living, goals that we have set for our health tend to take a back seat to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, which can make us feel guilty and defeated.

“To avoid this, pick one or two goals and keep them consistent throughout the holidays,” she said. “This may be walking after dinner or eating a serving of vegetables at every meal. While these may seem like small goals, achieving them can keep us on track and focused on our health.”

She also noted that the foods we eat can influence our moods so it’s important to try and make good choices not only for our physical well-being but for our mental well-being, too. 

“Balanced eating is a good strategy for improving mood and energy levels,” she said. “Try eating regular meals with scheduled snacks in between to help keep blood sugar levels steady and keep you feeling well. Focus on adding whole grains, lean proteins and brightly colored fruits and vegetables to give yourself the best nutrition possible.”

To assist with stress eating, Welch recommends having vegetable trays with low-fat dips available to help you get a lot of vitamins and minerals while not overdoing it on calories. Plus eating more vegetables can make you feel better about your health in general.

Those who would like to speak with Welch about nutrition, healthy eating or managing their weight – now or anytime during the year – can call to make an appointment at 49-40111 or schedule via the employee portal.

Anyone who is feeling the stress settle in the form of increased anxiety or depression, remember the Center offers counseling assistance.

The Center is open for medical visits Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lab hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For medical consultation needs after hours or on weekends, please contact the Anthem nurse line at 888-279-5449 for assistance.

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