Talking Turkey About Healthy Holiday Eating
11/14/2008

KAUFMAN, Texas — As the temperatures fall and the rush of holiday plans kick into high gear, it’s easy to slack off on simple healthy living steps. And as people put aside healthy lifestyles in favor of stuffing and pumpkin pie, weight gain does not have to be inevitable over the holidays.

“It’s important that people take time for themselves over the holidays,” said Dr. Mark Sij, D.O., a physician on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. “Keep in mind that holidays are a short period of days to celebrate with family and friends, not an opportunity to overindulge in the Thanksgiving feast and recover by watching football all day. Also, people shouldn’t overdo it with heavy starchy foods.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend ways to prevent sliding off healthy routines during the holidays. Those tips are:

  • Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day;
  • Limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol;
  • Be active for at least 2 1/2 hours a week by including activities that raise breathing and heart rates as well as strengthen muscles and bones;
  • Wash hands to stop the spread of germs;
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, more for children depending on their age; and
  • Balance work, home and play.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-800-4-Presby, or visit www.texashealth.org/phk.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.