Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and relaxation but for health care workers, it can be one of the busiest days of the year. Dr. Nidhi Kumar is On Call for CBS New York to tell us how to stay safe and healthy during this holiday weekend. Travel health tipsWith millions of Americans expected to travel this Thanksgiving, what are some good health tips for travel? Get vaccinated, wear a mask, and move during travel. Set medication reminders For the feastWhat are some unhealthy foods to watch out for? “The big issue here is going to be sodium, sodium, sodium,” Dr. Kumar explained. “You really want to be mindful about how much salt you’re consuming, try to stay hydrated.” What about the alcohol? Wednesday is considered to be one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
“Keep your alcohol consumption down. If you’re hosting, consider serving a mocktail. If you’re drinking, consider alternating an alcoholic drink and then maybe two non-alcoholic drinks,” she said. Be mindful of mental healthThe holidays can be such a stressor, with the demand of deadlines, and the ongoing epidemic of loneliness. Watch your diet, don’t skip exercise or sleep, practice relaxation techniques, and help others. Watch Dr. Kumar’s full interview above for more advice. CBS New York Team The CBS New York team is a group of experienced journalists who bring you the content on CBSNewYork.com.