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50 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 Advocates urge healthy approach to holidays The upcoming holiday season - through New Year's Day - is filled with celebrations and social occa- sions. The season, and specific holidays within it, ought to be managed to assure good feelings and well-being, according to the Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families. The coun- cil is a 15-year-old health advoca- cy, education and services organi- zation with its roots in the faith communities. "Holiday activities can also be times of unusual stress and tension," said the Rev. Robert Hall, executive director of the Delaware Ecumenical Council. These can lead to a number of unpleasant situations, ranging from headache to nausea to de- pression and violence. The coun- cil urges Delawareans to consider the following tips: Avoid frantic shopping. Hot, crowded stores are enough to up- set anyone. Try pacing mall visits and shopping at off-peak times. Shoppers can also avoid crowded malls by Shopping online. Avoid difficult situations. If visiting certain family members or friends is upsetting, or attend- ing holiday events such as parties is unsettling, it's best to avoid them. Individuals should look for alternative activitiesthat are known to be pleasant and enjoy- able. Sleep and wake normally. Late-night parties resulting in late-to-bed and late-to-rise can lead to migraines, upset stomachs and irritability. Even if it is neces- sary to take time off during the holidays, it is important to try and go to sleep and wake up at the usual times. Eat sensibly. People tend to eat food during the holidays that they would religiously avoid at other times of the year. Remember that certain foods, very present at holiday times, can trigger headaches - such as ripe cheese, citrus fruits and especially choco- late - allergic reactions and worse. Eat in moderation and avoid hav- ing to diet in the gloomy winter months. Avoid alcohol. The abuse of alcohol is responsible for a host of personal and societal ills, ranging from hangovers and headaches to depressed moods and family vio- lence. It should be avoided alto- gether, if possible, or at least be taken in moderation. No one should drive after consuming even one drink. An automobile accident or a family fight is no way to remember this holiday sea- son. "Sometimes people feel com- pelled tO celebrate in particular ways that really are not pleasant to them," Hall said. "We urge peo- ple to spend a few moments find- ing ways to celebrate that are both beautiful and pleasant. Start some holiday traditions that will make you and your family healthy and safe." The Delaware Ecumenical Counch implements a year-round health promotion and disease pre- vention initiative, operates the Parents Anonymous program of family strengthening and child protection services, and provides the Interfaith Volunteer Care- givers service to assist chronically ill and frail elderly people and their family caregivers. For details, call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers in Sussex County at 732-3371. 30 minute Fitness & Weight Loss State of the Art Hydraulic Equipment ::ii, ii :::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::!iii::::::::i! ::ili:.::::i:i :;i:.:ii ::!::::i!:.i;:::::i:. !i!":.:::;:::"::::;ii::;:.!::!::::::!7:7 ::i::::::;i i!! i  Mon. - Fri. 7am-8pm Sat. 7 am-lpm Five Points Plaza next to Comcast 302-644-7292 "Adding years to your life, and life to your years". Maxime G. Moise, M.D. Your Health Matters Susan A. Kelly, M.D. D00LM00D H00ALTH Lewes, DE 19958 A, New Patients of beauty forever." Led by Dr. Patrick Swier, Johns Hopkins trained in today's most successful beauty technologies, the Swier Clinic specializes in the cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.that enhance beauty and restore confidence. Providing everything from facial rejuvenation and reconstructive surgery to breast surgery and body sculpting, the Swier Clinic can help you look and feel your best. 750 Kings Highway Suite 103 Lewes 302-645-7737 theSwierClinic