Nutrition Matters – December 2020
Attending a Gathering: Make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make the Holidays safer, take these additional steps while attending a family gathering.
- Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
- Wear a mask, and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
- Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
- Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.
Hosting a Holiday Gathering: If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make the Holidays safer. Other steps you can take include:
- Have a small outdoor meal with family and friends who live in your community.
- Limit the number of guests.
- Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for celebrating together.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
- If celebrating indoors, make sure to open windows.
- Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
- Have guests bring their own food and drink.
If sharing food, have one person serve food and use-single-use options, like plastic utensils.
Holiday Traveling: Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
If you do travel:
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not in your household.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Remember always wear a mask.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
- Also wash your hands.
For additional foods, health, and nutrition information, contact Shelina Bonner, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Greene County Center at (252) 747-5831.