Receiving milk and cookies from hundreds of millions of children at night may not model the healthiest habits, but it is only one night a year.
Given that Santa’s more than 1,700 years old, he must be doing something right. As the night before Christmas nears, let’s take a closer look at Santa’s health.
- A jolly old elf: Giving, rather than acquiring, makes people happier and contributes to overall well-being.
- His eyes: How they twinkled – Santa’s twinkling eyes show the happiness he carries and maybe even hint at a little mischief. Expecting any coal in your stocking this year?
- Stump of a pipe: At one time, Santa smoked a pipe, which can cause an array of tobacco-related health problems. He hasn’t been seen with a pipe in a while, so we hope he’s given up this naughty habit.
- Cheeks like roses, nose like a cherry: Rosacea may cause facial redness, or Santa may have windburn from flying on a cold night. Leaving out a little lip balm may help him protect his skin.
- Chubby and plump: Carrying belly fat is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and other health ailments, and Santa may need to watch how many cookies he eats. Drinking low-fat milk, though, can help strengthen his bones.
- Eight tiny reindeer: Having pets may be one key to his longevity. Pet ownership can lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol, maybe even offset some effects of the cookies.
- Lively and quick: Inspecting his workshop, tending the reindeer, and climbing up and down chimneys should give Santa a pretty rigorous exercise routine, helping him stay fit and active.