Four Tips for a Healthy Fourth of July!

July 04, 2012

The Fourth of July ushers in summertime festivities like family get-togethers, barbeques and all sorts of fun in the sun! Celebrating Independence Day offers plenty of opportunities to make health and wellness a priority. Below are our four quick tips for a healthy Fourth!

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  • Get active. Celebrate by being active and having fun with loved ones! Choose active games like volleyball, baseball, basketball and soccer.
  • Stay cool, stay hydrated. Avoid risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by drinking plenty of water. A good rule of thumb: if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Also, remember to take a break from the sun with shade.
  • Add in fruits and veggies. The summer offers a variety of in-season, locally produce that you can find at your local farmer’s market. It will be fresher, more flavorful, and healthier. Consider using MyPlate’s healthy eating tips and check out HSC's blog for fun and healthy recipes!
  • Have fun! Enjoy the company of your friends, family and neighbors as you work wellness into your day. Research continues to show that one of the best ways to stick to healthy habits is inviting others to join you. Invite friends to join an active game or share a healthy watermelon feta salad. Before you head home after the fireworks, make plans to go for a walk, play a game or have a healthy potluck together later in the summer!

Have a Happy and Healthy Fourth of July!

Plus: Want a fun kitchen project for Independence Day? Try our DIY BBQ sauce recipe!