Holiday tip sheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

November 16, 2000

Coping with diabetes during the holidays
Holiday celebrations offer temptation for party-goers to abandon healthy nutrition habits, but calorie-laden festivities pose a special challenge to the 16 million Americans who have diabetes. "The key to successfully navigating the holiday season," says Riccardo Perfetti, M.D., Director of the Endocrine Training Program and of the Outpatient Diabetes and Weight Management programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, "is to remember that you can feast without forgetting about your diabetes. Focusing on friends and family instead of food, creates a new diabetes friendly holiday environment." Dr. Perfetti is available for media interviews on this topic.

Coping with depression and stress during the holidays
Holiday times can be especially difficult for someone who is depressed. In addition, the added stress of holiday planning, party-going, decorating and gift-giving can actually increase feelings of anxiety and a sense of inadequacy. Alan Schneider, M.D., Medical Director of the Psychiatry Department at Cedars-Sinai and an expert on coping with stress and depression, offers practical tips to help you survive - and enjoy - the holiday season.

Successful weight management during the holidays
For many, holiday festivities can wreak havoc with the previous 11 months of carefully managed eating. Registered Dietitian Netty Levine, MS, RD, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's outpatient Nutrition Counseling Center, offers proven, practical tips on successful weight management during the holidays. From making sure that regular exercise is part of your holiday routine, to "scheduling" high-calorie days and planning for "strategic snacking," her tips are designed to help you enjoy seasonal festivities and still feel good about your weight loss plan later.

Coping with loneliness and grief during the holidays
In spite of all the glamour and glitter connected to the holidays, those who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the preceding year often find the holidays to be a very difficult time. Peter Panzarino, M.D., Chairman of the Psychiatry Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, offers valuable tips that can help ease holiday blues and set the stage for a happier, more upbeat new year. He is available for interviews.

Coping with alcohol dependency during the holidays
It's no secret that the holidays present special challenges for recovering substance abusers and their families. From eggnog laced with alcohol, to New Year's Eve parties bubbling over with champagne, holiday "bowl" parties and even gifts of alcohol, it can be very difficult to enjoy the festivities without feeling like the proverbial party pooper. Jeff Wilkins, M.D., Direction, Addiction Medicine Service and a chemical and alcohol dependency expert at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, offers practical tips and is available for interviews on this topic.

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