Originally created 12/31/06

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HEALTH TIPS

NUTRITION

You've tried the leftover turkey sandwich; now try the leftover turkey salad! Add a few pieces of turkey to a generous portion of mixed greens, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers or any other vegetables you like. Sprinkle with dried cranberries for that authentic holiday taste.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

To avoid holiday weight gain, balance the calories you consume with the calories you burn. The key is balance and moderation. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity daily, and more if possible.

TOBACCO

"Staying quit" might be especially tough during the holiday season, when stress and the temptation to overindulge are there for everyone. Some special approaches can help you celebrate the holidays without giving in to the urge to smoke:

- At parties, always choose a nonalcoholic drink first.

- Parties may give some people jitters. If you drink alcohol, water down your drinks and put plenty of ice in them.

- Keep busy at parties by playing bartender, serving snacks and meeting guests to keep your mind off smoking.

- If the urge to smoke presents itself, put something in your hand other than a cigarette.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Cancer Society

TODAY

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT TRANSATLANTIC CABLE: Through today, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St.; film plays continuously in the theater; museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; $2-$4; children 5 and younger free; (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

AN UNBROKEN CIRCLE: Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell: Through Feb. 18; Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday: $2-$3; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday: free; (706) 724-7501

RELIGIOUS ICONS OF ANCIENT RUSSIA: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Washington Historical Museum, 308 E. Robert Toombs Ave., Washington, Ga. Admission costs $3 for adults, $2 for children 6-12 and is free for children 5 and younger. Call (706) 678-2105 or e-mail historical@washingtonwilkes.org.

NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT: 9 p.m., Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., $28 in advance, $32 day of show; (706) 722-3521, www.augustaciviccenter.com

NEW YEAR'S EVE CHAMPAGNE TOAST: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., live entertainment, The Cotton Patch, 816 Cotton Lane; $35.95, sweetheart dinner for two, includes appetizers, two entrees, two desserts and two well drinks; (706) 724-4511

ALL BAR BASH: 9 p.m., 1102 Downtown Bar & Grill, 1102 Broad St.; music by Pit Boss and Nale Patterson Band; balloon drop in both bars; free champagne toast at midnight; in advance: $15 per person, $25 for couple; day of bash: $20 per person, $30 per couple; (706) 364-4075

BLACK AND BLUE BASH: After 7:35 p.m. Lynx vs. Charlotte Checkers game; Lynx Den, James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; dance contest, party favors, free midnight buffet, cash bar, prizes for best Lynx attire; free admission with game ticket stub; (706) 724-4423, augustalynx.com