Health Tips to Light Up Your Holidays



Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority.


Follow 12 recommended tips for self-care this season. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

  1. Wash hands often to help prevent the possibility of spreading germs and getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  3. Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out. Find support, connect socially, and get plenty of sleep.
  4. Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. Whenever anyone drives drunk, they put everyone on the road in danger.
  5. Be smoke-free. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. It’s common knowledge that smokers have greater health risks because of their tobacco use, but nonsmokers also are at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke, also referred to as secondhand smoke.
  6. Fasten seat belts while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your children in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. Use seat belts on every trip, no matter how short the trip.
  7. Get exams and screenings. Ask your health care provider what exams you need and when to get them. Update your personal and family history.
  8. Get your vaccinations, which help prevent various diseases and save lives. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk for complications from flu, and for people who live with or care for someone who is at high risk.
  9. Monitor the children. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Dress your children warmly for outdoor activities. Develop family rules on safe behavior—on using electronic media, for instance.
  10. Practice fire safety. Most residential fires occur during the winter months, so don’t leave fireplaces, space heaters, stoves, or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  11. Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, and cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate them promptly.
  12. Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables, which pack plenty of nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.


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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – SPC Striders

Join the SPC Striders in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Saturday October 18th!

Making StridesTo Participate:

  • Sign up online
  • Walk


1. Sign up online:

  • Visit
  • Click on Get Involved
  • Click Sign Up
  • Click Join a Team Today
  • Select Search for a Team
  • Type in SPC Striders then click Search
  • Click on the team name
  • Select the Join Our Team button
  • Create your personal fundraising goal and make your choice about donation options. You can choose to donate as much or as little as you want.
  • Finish entering your information, confirm and save



This Saturday, October 18

Vinoy Park (701 Bayshore Dr. NE, downtown St. Petersburg)

9:00 am (arrival time 8:00 – 8:30 am)

Dress: Casual and pink

Parking: Any of the garages or street parking

Sign in: Check in/Registration tent

Meeting Spot: The SPC Nursing Tent

Before the walk: Group photos, announcements, etc.

Walk: About 3 miles, non-competitive, and casual


Questions? Please contact Cara Sebastian, (727) 341-3402


Breast Cancer

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The Color Run – Clearwater

pink color run imageThe Color Run was founded in March of 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”.


For the race, participants will wear all white clothing and will be showered with colored powder as they run/walk the 5k course. The picture in this post acts as a $7 off coupon code CW3. Please feel free to use this code when signing up for the race.


Fellow SPC employee Kelli Stickrath, is an Ambassador for The Color Run in Clearwater on December 6th. Kelli’s team name is “It’s Easy Being Green”. Feel free to e-mail Kelli for more information.

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SPC Chapter of Golden Key Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

The St. Petersburg College chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society is proud to support breast cancer awareness month in October.

Golden KeyThe student chapter wants to remind everyone in the college and local community of the importance of monthly breast self-examinations and encourages students, staff and faculty to engage in this practice.

Additionally, Golden Key is reminding everyone about Yoplait’s campaign; previously know as Save Lids to Save Lives, a fundraising event that runs from October through February each year. For each lid that is turned in to Yoplait, a portion is donated to Race for the Cure and other breast cancer initiatives.

Helping this worthy cause is easy. Just collect your lids and mail them into Yoplait at P.O. box 44903, Atlanta, GA 30336 and e-mail Deborah Eldridge at with your tally of lids.

Another way to help is by joining Golden Key on October 11 at Carillon Park to walk/run in Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure event. You can register HERE. Once there, click on join a team. Create your login and then look for “SPC-GKS Students Who Care.” The cost is $30 per individual or $25 per student.Friends in the Fight

Please join us in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thank you in advance for your efforts.

Look for pink lids from these specifically marked products:

  • Yoplait
  • Betty Crocker
  • Green Giant
  • Totinos
  • Bisquick
  • Progresso
  • Pillsbury
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Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge

SPC Wellness’s most successful program is back!  Beginning Monday, October 6th, the Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge kicks off the healthiest six weeks of the Fall.  Employees will challenge themselves to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle by:Team Laws  Disorder (6)

  • exercising more frequently
  • eating healthier
  • spending more time with family and friends
  • participating in stress relieving activities

Employees from each campus will track themselves on a personal tracker sheet. The tracker sheet is the tool to guide each individual’s progress. It can remind participants of their goals and give them online resources to help achieve them.

Some of the biggest “overlooked” benefits of participating are:

  • earning 10 points in the Wellness Rewards Program
  • competitive camaraderie between campuses, teams and individuals
  • the education provided through the tracker sheet and weekly, emailed updates

There will be many teams forming on each campus, but employees may also participate individually. During the Spring 2014 Wellness Challenge, there were 22 teams and a total of 245 participants. If any employees need assistance finding a team, email

More information on the Wellness Challenge will be delivered to registered employees via email. Registration is open until Wednesday, October 8th.

The Fall 2014 Wellness Challenge Tracker Sheet is available on the official homepage. Questions can be directed to Paula Schultz, Wellness Specialist, at 727-614-7042 or

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