Happy, Healthy Valentine's Day!
Roses are red,
Whether you plan to celebrate on your own or with someone special on Valentine's Day, give the gift of health to yourself and your loved one. Below are tips to help keep you and those you care about safe and healthy on Valentine's Day and all year long.
Be Prepared for Travel
If you are going on a romantic getaway, be prepared. Are vaccinations required? Are there special items such as sunscreen or insect repellant that you will need? Do you take medications, do you have enough for the trip? If you're going on a cruise, learn the sanitation inspection scores for specific ships. Know what's happening en route or at your travel destination.
Be Sensible, Go Easy on the Bubbly
If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. It is also the third leading cause of preventable death. Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should not drink any alcohol.
Are you considering a new, potentially risky, or unsafe activity? Be sure to use appropriate safety gear, including seat belts, life vests, and helmets to help prevent injury.
Watch the Sparks: If you decide to cook a romantic dinner, light some candles, or have a cozy fire, don't leave them unattended.
Be Aware: Women are more likely to be victims of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence, than men. Risk factors such as drinking alcohol and using drugs are associated with a greater likelihood of violence.
Be Heart Healthy
Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine's Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.
Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine's Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine's Day.
Consider that your valentine may have allergies, asthma, diabetes, or other health conditions. You can be sensitive to your valentine by finding out if certain foods, flowers, pets, stuffed animals, or other items might affect their health.
Spread the Love Not the Germs
Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. Abstain from sex. If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms which can lower the risk for STIs and unintended pregnancy. Having a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner may help lower your risk.
SOURCE: CDC.gov. Valentine's Day Tips.
Last Editorial Review: 2/12/2013