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Mission: To enable our partners, faith based organizations, and communities to address the holistic health of families in South Carolina. 
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are right upon us, and they are certainly times when many families travel near and far to celebrate together with loved ones. This year poses to be different due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide, more than 228,000 Americans have died, and South Carolina has experienced 3,600 deaths due to the virus. Some of us may have experienced this virus and/or lost loved ones due to the pandemic, which may make being able to come together even more special. Also, during times of celebration, the tendency to overindulge by snacking and eating too many calorie-laden pies, cakes, cookies, and other sweets is an ever-present danger to our overall health. South Carolina had the 12th highest obesity rate in the nation in 2019. So, as we move forward during this holiday season, a few key considerations to encourage and help us #StayHome #StayHealthy as we celebrate this holiday season.
#StayHome: Celebrate Smart & Small 
Wear Face Masks!  Masks are extremely important when physical distancing is difficult.

Social Distance!  Come together in smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings with individuals from different households and remain socially distanced at least 6 feet apart.  Doing this will moderately lower the risk for COVID-19.

Travel Cautiously!  Traveling increases your chance of getting COVID-19.  While you may feel well and not have any symptoms, you can still spread COVID-19 to others. Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 

Clean and Disinfect!  Clean frequently touched surfaces and shared objects between uses at least daily or between uses as much as possible—for example, door handles, sink handles, tables, countertops, bars, and condiment holders.
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#StayHealthy: Celebrate Light & Lively
Just say “NO”!  This is a common strategy that doesn’t often work as simply as limiting what you want to eat and can result in a feeling of denial that may cause you to rebel against yourself.

Stay Alert!   Practice awareness and eat what you enjoy and savor the moment.  Pay attention to what you put on your plate and note the high calories in what you drink.  Sit down to eat and try not to graze on other food you are either preparing or being offered by others.  If you do overeat, just move on and plan to make better choices.

Exercise!  Try to keep to your normal exercise routine as much as possible. Add some things you wouldn’t usually do such as parking further away from stores, engaging in physical activity like dancing, touch football or gardening. Even consider a neighborhood stroll to see the holiday lights. Playing indoor games such as charades, ping pong, air hockey or foosball can also help you burn calories and lose weight.

Sleep!  Getting enough rest is key to overall health, wellness, and maintaining a healthy weight. Slow down, breathe deep, and stop stressing over every holiday event. Allow some time for yourself to calm down – take a warm soothing bath, sit by the fireplace and watch the flames, read a book or assemble a puzzle, and have a cup of tea, and enjoy the holiday decorations.
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Obesity in SC:  What We Know
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Quitting Tobacco: Help for Cravings and Tough Situations

With the stress of COVID-19 and the upcoming holidays, deciding to quit using tobacco could seem impossible. Just know, each day you don’t smoke is a small victory, and these small victories add up to a huge victory over time.

Click the button below to learn more about how to win the fight against using tobacco during stressful times.

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Are you ready to take the first step and need some help? Reach out to the SC Tobacco Quitline by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or enroll online for free help.

FREE nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges are available to eligible South Carolinians who enroll in Quitline services.

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