Friday, December 23, 2011

Debunking 3 Holiday Health Myths: Weight Gain, Suicide and Traffic Fatalities

A recent CNN Health post provides explanations to debunk three of the most common holiday health myths.

MYTH 1: You can gain massive weight during the holidays.
Well, not exactly. Research indicates that holiday weight gain is usually 1-2 pounds; more for overweight people. The concern is 1-2 pounds can add up over the years.

Learn more about preventing weight gain at LiveWell Colorado.


MYTH 2: Suicides increase during the holidays
Although it is a popular assumption it's simply not true. Suicides do not increase around the holidays. Actually, statistics indicate there is a dip in suicides during the winter.

For suicide prevention and help contact the 24-hour telephone line by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


MYTH 3:
The most dangerous day to drive is New Year's Eve
New Year's is a dangerous day to drive, but not the deadliest. Data reveals that July 4th is the deadliest day for drivers. Although January 1 isn't the most dangerous day to drive, it is most dangerous day to walk. New Year's Day has more pedestrian deaths than Halloween.

Learn more about driving safety at Colorado State Patrol.

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