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Healthy Holiday Tips…Be Merry - In Moderation

December 24, 2007

Minneapolis, MN – Celebrate the holidays – but go easy on the food and drink. That's the advice from the American Cancer Society to Minnesotans taking to the roads, rails and skies on the way to holiday celebrations.

Take those holiday treats, for example. They're enticing, but not always nutritious. Angie Rolle, Director of Prevention and Protection for the Society's Minnesota chapter, sums up the message: Don't overdo it.

"We tell people to enjoy in moderation. Try to get in some healthful snacks before they're sitting down for a meal or heading out to party, and try to limit the amount of food they're taking in."

She says another key to staying healthy during the holidays is regular exercise. It's good for the heart, helps burn off calories, and makes you feel good. And she particularly urges those who drink to take it easy. If you're driving, for instance, don't have "one for the road."

"The one thing that we always say is to enjoy alcohol in moderation. That holds true for the holiday season, but it's something to remember throughout the year as well, because it is one way to lower your risk of cancer."

Rolle sees the holidays as an especially good time to kick the tobacco habit, too.

"The number one thing that people can do through the holiday season is to make a plan to quit smoking. That's definitely the leading cause of cancer deaths, among men and women. So, we're encouraging people to set a date to quit smoking."

She says those who dine out will find the holidays healthier this year, thanks to Minnesota's new ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

More information about healthy lifestyle choices for the New Year can be found online at

Jim Wishner/John Robinson, Public News Service - MN