Health Tips

  • Generators: A Medical Market Must

    A standard home will experience a power outage during a major storm or power line mishap. During this time of year we are at a high risk for power outages caused by ice and snowstorms. The initially concern here is the cold temperatures, but these power outages can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Beyond the risk of cold temperatures, the lack of power can lead to even bigger safety and health concerns. Not only are homes affected by these power outages, medical offices can experience a much bigger devastation.

    GeneratorMedical offices rely on power for almost everything they do. Without power, medical staff wouldn’t be able to communicate with their patients, access medical records or perform procedures. If any medical office doesn’t have access to power they wouldn’t be able to serve their patients in a safe and healthy environment. This could be devastating to any medical office and all of the patients involved, particularly in a smaller town with little access to other medical providers.

    The solution to this problem is investing in a generator. All medical offices can benefit from having a generator to back-up their power in the case of a power outage. Patients are relying on their medical practitioners to keep them in a safe and healthy environment, and a generator can help them do that no matter the weather or power situation. Additionally, if your office is capable of moving your patients to another functioning office, in the meantime, ­ refrigerated medicine and machinery is still at risk. No matter the size of your office, power is a must.

    Regardless of whether you own your building or rent your space, you have the capability of having a generator. For medical offices who rent from their building, a generator can move with you. Most generator businesses will move the generator for you, so it takes the stress off of your business. If you own your space and decide to sell it, a generator can significantly increase your property value for corporate buyers. They see a generator as an asset to their business, and it could make the deal. If you are still not convinced that a generator is right for your medical business, there are a few other things you should know.

    If your business does install a generator you then qualify for a tax refund, which can cut down on the costs of installation. Additionally, the costs of losing business and medical supplies during power outages are things to consider when assessing the initial costs of buying a generator. Overall, it is all about your patients and their trust. When you have a generator to back-up your power– your patients can trust that no matter what your business will always work to maintain their health and safety.

    Now that you see the major benefits about investing in a generator for your medical business, here’s a little more information about generators:

    How to buy~
    • If you have decided to buy a generator for your medical business then first do your research.
    • Contact a generator business near you for an estimate and more information about their process.
    • A generator business, like Georgia Generator, will help you in the buying process as well as install your generator.
    • Once you have had your generator install, they will service your generator to make sure it is always ready to provide you power when you need it.
    • Additionally, if you decide to move locations then most generator companies will move it to your next location.

    How they run~
    • Seconds after there is a power outage your generator will automatically kick in and start producing power for your office.
    • Then a couple seconds later your designated emergency circuits will have full restored power.
    • After that, the generator will monitor for your utility power to start working again. If it doesn’t your generator will continue to provide your power. If you do regain utility power then the automatic transfer switch will safely transfer the power back to utility and will go into a cool down mode.
    • Once the power outage is completely over and your building is back to its utility power, then the generator will shut down and wait for the next mishap.

    Written by Clayton Preble of GenSpring Power. Clayton is one of the top 25 standby generator dealers in the United States.

  • 1 out of 3 Women die of a Broken Heart

    healthyheartHeart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, but it's 80 percent preventable.

    Make sure you're doing everything you can to avoid heart disease by ordering these free publications to keep your heart healthy. You will:

    • Discover the surprising signs of heart attack in women
    • Understand the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol
    • Learn 10 easy ways to cut sodium in your diet
    • during National Heart Month by ordering a set of free publications that can help you:
      • Discover the surprising signs of heart attack in women
      • Understand the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol
      • Learn 10 easy ways to cut sodium in your diet

    During National Heart Month by ordering a set of free publications that can help you.

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  • Mind the Weather

    Winter isn't over - spring comes in March - while it may be hot right now in California, Ohio is freezing... what will tomorrow bring? Hard to say... be ready for freezing cold, or melts and flooding.. just be weather-ready in general!

    It is a good idea to focus on a few basic things to keep your employees, and yourself, safe and sound as Mother Nature works her magic. Consider investing in snow removal, keep your office dry and safe (beware of precarious piles of slush), establish a backup plan for power outages, and, if possible, create a work-from-home plan, so the business can carry on even with critical employees out of the office.Check out more Winter Safety Ideas or Read these other Winter Weather Updates and Tips:



  • You are a smoker.

    It should be no surprise to most people that smoking is bad for your health. Most people are aware of lung cancer and emphysema, but you should be aware that smoking is one of the leading causes of heart attacks as well. Cigarette smoke contains chemicals which, Ciggieswhen ignited and inhaled, affect the body’s lungs, circulatory system, and ultimately the heart itself. One of these chemicals is nicotine.  Nicotine is highly addictive; it’s the stuff that keeps you coming back for more.  But it’s also a vasoconstrictor, which means it tightens the walls of the blood vessels.  In the case of smaller blood vessels, nicotine may constrict them to the point of complete occlusion, and the largest collection of these small blood vessels in your body is the neural network of your brain. Upon inhalation, nicotine enters the bloodstream and begins constricting blood vessels. This may even create the temporary light-headed sensation associated with asphyxiation.

    Even worse than nicotine, however, is a chemical asphyxiant known as Carbon Monoxide (CO). CO is the same stuff that comes out of the tailpipe of a car, and it is an extremely dangerous chemical.  CO attacks the red blood cells of your body, robbing them of the oxygen you have already breathed in.  Every cell in your body needs oxygen in order to survive.  Red Blood Cells (RBC) are like a bus that delivers the oxygen.  There are receptor sites on the RBC called hemoglobin, which are like seats on the bus.  When the RBC’s arrive at the lungs, they are surrounded by oxygen, and if an oxygen molecule bumps up against the hemoglobin, it will become attached.  Ultimately, a healthy RBC will have all of its “seats” filled with oxygen.  Unfortunately, hemoglobin also likes to attach to CO.  In fact, it has a 250 times greater affinity for CO than for oxygen, and CO will push the oxygen out of its way to take its spot on the RBC.  This means that moments after cigarette smoke enters the lungs, millions of RBC’s are becoming depleted of the very oxygen than they’re designed to carry.  When these RBC’s circulate through the body, they begin to run out of oxygen prematurely.  Cold fingers and toes are just some of the symptoms of a condition known as “Peripheral Vascular Disease.”  These areas become cold because the circulatory system has begun to shut down as the cells begin to die.

    Another hazard of smoking (and chewing tobacco) is the creation of blood clots.  With the introduction of these various chemicals into the bloodstream, the RBCs begin to clump together forming what’s known as a thrombus.  If this thrombus begins moving through the bloodstream, it is called an embolus. An embolus that becomes lodged in a smaller blood vessel, blocking the blood flow to an area of the body is called an embolism, and is just about the most dangerous thing you can have in your body.  These blood clots can escape the scrutiny of an x-ray, and you may never even know they exist until one becomes lodged in an artery leading to the heart (causing heart attack) or the brain (causing a stroke). They can happen at any time, with no warning, and at any age.

    According to the CDC: 58 million nonsmokers in US are still exposed to secondhand smoke

    Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that declines in exposure to SHS have been slower and exposure remains higher among children, blacks, those who live in poverty, and those who live in rental housing. The report finds two in every five children aged three to 11 years are still exposed to SHS. The study assessed exposure using cotinine, a marker of SHS found in the blood.

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  • Advances in the fight against Birth Defects

    Medicine advances, expectant mothers take better care and birth defects decrease... here are some new studies about improving gestation and birth health...

    FetusNot all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can increase her own chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. This is important because many birth defects happen very early during pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Read below for some steps a woman can take to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.

    Folic acid fortification of foods, like bread and pasta, has helped about 1,300 more US babies to be born each year without a major birth defect of the brain or spine.  Pregnant Women should Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least one month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida). Women can get folic acid from fortified foods or supplements, or a combination of the two, in addition to a varied diet rich in folate.

    You can share National Birth Defects Prevention Network resources to help prevent birth defects and Make a PACT for Prevention

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  • Cold Stress

    Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress.

    Had And Body WarmersExtreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for "cold stress." Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can more rapidly leave your body. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems.

    Cold Water Immersion

    Cold water immersion creates a specific condition known as immersion hypothermia. It develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia because water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air. Typically people in temperate climates don’t consider themselves at risk from hypothermia in the water, but hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70°F. Survival times can be lengthened by wearing proper clothing (wool and synthetics and not cotton), using a personal flotation device (PFD, life vest, immersion suit, dry suit), and having a means of both signaling rescuers (strobe lights, personal locator beacon, whistles, flares, waterproof radio) and having a means of being retrieved from the water. Below you will find links with information about cold water survival and cold water rescue.


    Frostbitten hand

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage body tissues, and severe cases can lead to amputation. In extremely cold temperatures, the risk of frostbite is increased in workers with reduced blood circulation and among workers who are not dressed properly.


    Symptoms of frostbite include:

    • Reduced blood flow to hands and feet (fingers or toes can freeze)
    • Numbness
    • Tingling or stinging
    • Aching
    • Bluish or pail, waxy skin

    First Aid

    Workers suffering from frostbite should:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes-this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm-not hot-water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Warm the affected area using body heat; for example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
    • Do not rub or massage the frostbitten area; doing so may cause more damage.
    • Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.
  • Winter Safety Campaign

    We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program! We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program!

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we try to keep our readers up to date with the newest resources and information for safety in each season, and for all types of weather and climates.

    "Meteorological Winter" is December, January, and February.  Winter is a dangerous season, with many risks, and a lot to prepare for.

    Winter Safety Campaign

    Winter storms, snow, windchill, frost, ice and extreme cold are a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow on its Big Island and frost is a major threat to crops in Southern states. Major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Extreme cold is a relative term. In Miami it is defined very differently than in Fairbanks. This page is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a winter storm or in abnormally cold weather for your area. If you know what to do before, during, and after a winter event, you can increase your chances of survival.

    Here are some articles to help you prepare for a safe winter:


  • It's a new year.

    2015. Wow. Nice sound to that. What are your plans? Personal or Business Growth? Better contribution and involvement in the Community? Healthier Living? Greener Living?

    You made it to another year. You are still alive (obviously) and, we hope, at least somewhat healthy. You can begin by taking steps today to increase the likelihood you will be able to greet 2016 in at least as good a shape as you are today. What action should you take? Here are a list of "Safe", "Safety", "Health", and "Healthy" resolutions you might consider as a Safety Professional or as an Individual... Begin with the realization that most premature deaths in this country are not work related. They are caused by your own personal habits as smoking, drug/alcohol abuse, or poor eating habits, usually a high fat diet. Cigarettes coupled with air contaminants can be more harmful to you than just cigarettes alone. Being overweight can make you more susceptible to a back injury. Drug and alcohol abuse not only causes health problems, it is a concern to your employer because of the judgment and coordination problems it can cause. Evaluate your personal habits and limit your excesses.

    Some Safety Habits and Resolutions to consider adopting:

    Deter, Detect and Defend Identity Theft – As identity theft continues to increase and plague consumers, proactive steps are needed to protect ourselves and our personal information.

    • Review your credit report regularly.
    • Keep your Social Security number and PINs confidential.
    • Remove personal information from company and family websites.

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    • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
    • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
    • Whether walking alone, or with someone, carry personal protection, such as pepper spray, or an air horn (these are small and convenient, and you'd be surprised how effective drawing attention with a pocket-sized blaring 112 decibel klaxon can scare away an assailant!)
    • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
    • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
    • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
    • If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
    • If you are a battered spouse, call the police or sheriff immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
    • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
    • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

    Removing Trash -

    Housekeeping and tidiness avoids slips, trip and falls. If you drop something pick it up!

    Whether at home or at work, although trash removal sounds like a simple task, it poses a real risk of back injuries when performed improperly. Consider these safety changes to reduce this risk:

    • Replace large trash receptacles with smaller ones, making loads easier to manage.
    • If you can’t replace large trash receptacles, don’t overfill and use a new bag when it gets half full.
    • Make it mobile; pushing cans is easier than lifting them.
    • Use dumpsters with a side door. The side sliding door will ease the burden of tossing and hoisting.

    Sidewalk Inspections

    A stroll down the sidewalks at home or work will help identify sidewalk hazards. Consider fixing these problem areas to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls:

    • large cracks and gaps
    • uneven surfaces
    • low hanging branches
    • broken concrete
    • exposed rebar
    • improper drainage

    We think of dangerous sidewalks especially now in Winter, but year-round, these pathways designed for safe passage become cluttered, slippery and pose hazards.
    If areas with high traffic have these problems, repairing and improving them should be prioritized. Sidewalk joints should be installed because they let the concrete expand rather than buckle during hot weather. Finally, all areas being repaired should be clearly marked and blocked off to avoid slips, trips, and falls.

    Be Smart When You Park – We often forget about potential dangers that can occur in such places as dark parking lots or remote parking areas

    • Try to park in well-lighted heavily trafficked areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
    • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Have your keys in hand and look into your vehicle before entering.
    • Lock the doors as soon as you are in your vehicle.
    • Always lock your car when leaving the vehicle, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running
    • Do not roll down the windows if someone inquires about directions.
    • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
    • At night, ask for a security escort to your vehicle.

    Drive for Life – Driving can be a safety risk all on its own and there are many other factors that can influence our safety.

    • Be extra cautious while driving at night.
    • Never drink and drive. Over 9,800 people died in drunk driving car crashes in 2011 (over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities). If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver, hand over your keys, or call a cab.
    • Carry auto emergency supplies, including flares or reflectors.
    • Watch for hazardous weather conditions.
    • Never use a cell phone behind the wheel. In 2011, over 3,300 people died in crashes related to using a cell phone or texting while driving. Put the phone down or pull over to use it. If you can't control the urges, use an app to block the phone from being operated while driving or make use of vehicle/phone interfaces such as Bluetooth that makes phone use much safer.
    • Do not give rides to strangers or stop to assist with a disabled vehicle.
    • Drive the speed limit. Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes. With high-speed crashes, the forces are so severe, it's hard to maintain survival space in the vehicle and the body can be traumatized from the deceleration and impact, even without hitting vehicle structure. In addition, when you crash at high speeds, air bags and safety belts cannot protect occupants to their maximum benefit because of the force, so injury levels become severe.
    • Always buckle up. New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that nationwide seat belt use is at 86 percent, an all-time high. However, many people are still killed because they simply failed to buckle up. Seat belts save over 12,000 lives a year by protecting passengers from hitting hard vehicle surfaces or being ejected from the vehicle in a crash. Make it a habit to buckle each and every time--even for short drives--and don't start driving until you know passengers are buckled, as well.
    • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrians make up 13 percent of all motor vehicle-related deaths each year and bicyclists less than 2 percent. Drivers need to be especially diligent around crosswalks and remember to look both ways for bikes even on one-way streets. Likewise, pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings, not walk distracted, and wear bright and/or reflective clothing.
    • Maintain your vehicle and tires. Performing regular tire checks and routine maintenance will help to ensure your vehicle will stay in optimal condition. This will aid performance, fuel economy, and tire wear.


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    Travel Safe Not Sorry – Use extra caution for your personal safety while traveling.

    The excitement and hurried nature of travel can leave us vulnerable.

    • Carry minimal cash and keep tickets secure in an inside pocket.
    • Do not leave luggage unattended and report abandoned baggage.
    • Only use taxis with official markings and at official pick-up areas.

    If traveling by car, be sure your vehicle is serviced and route planned.

    More disabling injuries occur at home rather than at work. Why is this? Answer these questions for yourself: Do you apply the same safety precautions at home as you do at work? Are your home tools in good repair and properly guarded? Is your ladder of good quality and in good repair? If you are working with hazardous materials, do you wear personal protective equipment? When you are at work, you are expected, if not required, to follow the safety rules. At home, you call the shots. You will be much better off at home by following the same safety rules and procedures you use at work.

    So now, hopefully, you have decided to make your life healthier and safer at home. What can you do this year to make yourself safer at work? It all begins with attitude. Working the safe way is the only way. Injuries are not a natural outcome of working. Injuries are the result of something going wrong. Accidents do not just happen; they are caused. Keeping this in mind, be alert to the dangers of your job. Anticipate hazards and eliminate or control them before they cause harm to yourself or others. Learn as much as you can about the dangers of your work and pass that experience onto others. Cooperate with the safety efforts your company is making.

  • Safe and Happy New Year!

    We always want to wish a Safe and Happy New Year to all out readers, followers and customers... and we'd like to share some basic safety hints for this festive evening as well.

    Some of these may seem so basic that they require no note, but you'd be surprised how many people make these mistakes... perhaps it is because it is one of the least-sober nights of the year?

    At home

    • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
    • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
    • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
    • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

    Strangers at your door

    • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
    • It’s not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holidays by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
    • Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you’re not satisfied, don’t donate.
    • Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

    Hosting a party

    • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
    • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
    • Arrange for an official designated driver.

    Attending a party

    • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
    • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
    • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
    • Know your safe limit.
    • Never drink and drive.


    • Avoid driving alone or at night.
    • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
    • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows.
    • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
    • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
    • Don’t leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
    • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
    • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Don’t put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
    • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
    • Don’t approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

    Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

    • If you must use an ATM, choose one that’s located inside a police station, mall or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
    • Protect your PIN number by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who’s standing near you.
    • Don’t throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.


    • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
    • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
    • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.
    • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
    • Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
    • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

    Now be safe, have fun, and celebrate! There's an awesome year ahead!New-Year



    1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
    2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
    3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
    4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
    5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
    6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
    7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
    8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
    9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
    10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

    Have a great holiday season!!


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