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Celebrate a Healthier Holiday

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Thumbnail image for snowflake.JPGBy: Laura Nathan-Garner, MD Anderson Staff Writer

This time of year, there's plenty to look forward to: Time with family and friends. Tasty food. Gifts. Holiday decorations and parties.

But getting ready for the holidays can be pretty nerve-wracking. Here are just a few reasons fans of MD Anderson's Focused on Health Facebook page are feeling a little stressed this holiday season:

"The expense of Christmas. I wish we would go back to singing carols and putting fruit in the stockings!"  -- Cindy R.

"I just started chemo again so I'm thinking of ways to make it less stressful but still create memories, eat good food, enjoy family and friends." -- Jean W.

"Just all the craziness during the holidays ... and by the time they get here everyone is so stressed out you don't even enjoy them ..." -- Marlene R.


The good news is that most holiday stress is short-term. But for the sake of your health, it's still important to curb your tension before it extends well into the new year.

Find quick tips for beating holiday stress in this month's issue of Focused on Health.

You'll also get tips for sneaking exercise into your holiday to-do list and recipes for healthy, mouth-watering snacks to serve at your next holiday gathering. Plus, you'll learn how to make your own family medical history tree, so you and your loved ones can boost the chances of celebrating many more holidays together.

For more tips on how to enjoy a healthier holiday season, follow us on Twitter and join our conversations on Facebook.

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