Independence Day is quickly approaching, and with the holiday comes patriotic celebrations that often find us having fun with friends and family outdoors. When celebrating America’s independence this July 4th, here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure your whole family has fun while staying safe and healthy.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Independence Day is about celebrating America, and what’s more American than a good old-fashioned cook out or barbeque? Unfortunately, between the thick, juicy burgers loaded with condiments, ribs dripping in sweet sauce, and heavy sides like baked beans and mayonnaise-based coleslaw, these fun food-based celebrations aren’t always full of healthy options.
If you’re hosting the get-together, it’s simple to make easy additions or substitutions that let you have a delicious cook out without the astronomical calories. Add grilled chicken to the menu, offer whole-wheat buns for burgers and hot dogs, and focus on healthier sides such as salad or corn on the cob. A fresh and juicy fruit salad is a dessert that’s delicious, healthy and also refreshing on a hot July day.
When spending time out in the summer sun this Independence Day, keep in mind how quickly the sun and heat can dehydrate you, even if you’re taking it easy at a parade, backyard party or community fireworks display. Dehydration can sneak up on you quickly. Staying hydrated is not only key to keeping your skin looking bright and healthy, but is key to feeling healthy and keeping your whole body functioning the way it should. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself healthy and refreshed, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty.
If you’ll be celebrating this Independence Day outdoors, don’t forget the sunscreen! Whether you’re at the beach, the park, or just enjoying your own or a friend’s backyard, protect your skin from burning and sun damage by keeping sunscreen applied to your skin as well as your family’s throughout the day. Too much sun exposure without the proper protection can do more than leave a painful burn – it can also contribute to long-term damage in the form of sun spots, wrinkles, sagging skin, or even skin cancer. Take the precautions to keep everyone safe from the effects of the sun. Don’t forget to choose the right sunscreen for you and your kids, and to reapply it frequently, especially after sweating or swimming.