DECEMBER is time for Holiday Healthy Living and Giving

December 01, 2018

Is it even possible to eat healthy during the holidays? Yes! And you can do it without missing out or a lot of effort. Enjoy in moderation.

Download the Holiday Healthy Eating Guide.

Include lots of seasonal, colorful fruits and vegetables.

Do you decorate for the holidays with a lot of color? Treat your plate the same way. Fruits and vegetables will add flavor, color and nutrients to holiday favorites. And they help you feel fuller longer so you can avoid the temptation to overeat.  

Slash unwanted calories with easy swaps and substitutions.

Learn where excess calories, sodium, saturated fat and added sugars are hiding in traditional holiday foods and beverages, and some easy swaps to avoid them. Our guide will show you how.

8 Ways to Hack Your Holiday Recipes | New Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook

Navigate holiday parties like a boss.

From the obligatory workplace parties to family get-togethers, your calendar may be bursting with opportunities to eat and drink outside of your regular routine. Make a plan that will help you resist plowing through the buffet table, like having a healthy snack beforehand.

Sprinkle in opportunities to be active.

Keep the inevitable indulgences in check by staying active. Enjoy some winter sports for a change of pace, or schedule in a quick walk or workout before you head to the next party.



Don’t let the temperature keep you from continuing your fitness routine indoors or out. Check out our tips on working out this winter and how to stay active in the cold.  Physical Activity Guidelines


Where there’s celebration, there is usually food, and lots of it! We want you to be mindful of your diet and exercise routine this holiday season. Whether your preference is sweet or savory, remember that tasty treats can be healthy, too!

Take a look at these top 7 excuses to overindulge, and how to take control.

Plus, we have some helpful tips on setting your New Year’s resolutions goals.


Cooking with garlic, onion, or other odorous ingredients this season? Watch this VIDEO on how to remove stink from your hands.  

Giving back during the holidays is what it’s all about:

The holidays are often thought of as a season for giving, and the gift of a donation can go incredibly far.

When you donate to the American Heart Association, your donation will support such life-saving efforts as research, education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk. 

Whether you want to honor a loved one with a memorial brick or participate in a volunteer event, there are many ways to give with the AHA. 

Important dates in December

12/2-12/8 National Handwashing Awareness Week

12/3  International Day of Persons with Disabilities

12/2 Hanukkah begins at sundown

12/21 Winter begins

12/24 Christmas Eve

12/25 Christmas Day

12/26 Kwanzaa begins

12/31 New Year’s Eve

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