Have a Safe and Healthy Super Bowl Celebration

Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Whether you are hosting or going to a party, these tips provide a Healthy Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday. Find more tips and healthy Super Bowl recipes at www.cdc.gov/men/superbowl/.

Eat healthy

Hosting the party? Avoid a false start with fattening foods. Add healthy snacks to your menu instead of high-fat foods, or go for the Super Bowl trophy by serving all healthy snacks. Eat healthy snacks before the celebration to prevent overindulging.

  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apple halves or carrot sticks. There should be a variety in season.
  • Avoid the blind side; many dips and dressings contain far more calories than you think. Limit portions or serve fat-free or low-fat dips and dressings.
  • Offer foods and beverages low in fat, calories, sugars, salt, and sodium.
  • Serve foods and beverages that can be consumed by people with diabetes or on special diets.

Consider food safety
As you prepare game day meals and snacks, take steps to avoid serving recalled products and follow food safety guidelines to prevent illness.

  • Visit the Food Safety web site for information on product recalls.
  • Follow the Four Rules of Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill.

Limit alcohol
Don't get a penalty for drinking and driving. Take steps to make sure you and other guests you celebrate with avoid driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Plan ahead. Always designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins.
  • Don't drink and drive or let others drink and drive.
  • Be a helpful host by reminding your guests to designate a sober driver and offer alcohol-free beverages.

Get physical activity
Score a first down by adding games that include physical activity. Physical activity doesn't need to be hard to be beneficial. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates, and that strengthen your muscles.

  • Dance along with the music during half time or put on your own half-time show.
  • Toss the football around during commercial breaks.
  • Lift hand weights, stretch, or use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching television.

Enjoy the game!

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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