Summer offers opportunities to begin eating healthier

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Summertime usually means more opportunities for gathering and grilling. Health officials encourage incorporating more chicken and fish and less red meat into your eating habits, along with fresh veggies and fruits. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Summertime usually means more opportunities for gathering and grilling. Health officials encourage incorporating more chicken and fish and less red meat into your eating habits, along with fresh veggies and fruits. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)

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During the summer, many people spend more time outside, whether on vacation or just enjoying the sun. However, don’t let this change in routine derail your healthy eating habits.

The summer offers many opportunities to make healthy eating choices. When it’s too hot to cook inside, turn on the grill outside.

Grill healthier
Grilling is a healthier way to cook food, and you can choose from a large variety. Instead of red meat, consider chicken and fish. Chicken and fish have less saturated fat than most red meat.

The American Heart Association also reports that cholesterol and saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol and make heart disease worse. The unsaturated fats in fish, such as in salmon, actually have health benefits. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for safe grilling.

Try veggies/fruits
You can also grill vegetables. Many vegetables taste great on the grill with minimum seasoning and added fats. Look up some of your favorite veggies to find a recipe that you like.

Don’t forget snacks! While playing outside or on a road trip, there are many different fruits that are available over the summer. Fruits don’t require any extra preparation and are the perfect fast food. And also don’t forget to drink plenty of water, especially in hot and often humid summer weather.

Summer passes quickly. Don’t allow three short months to ruin your healthy living goals?

Family member, Lourdes McMoore, helps daughters Kimberly (left) and Katelyn splash in Richardson Pool at the Picnic, Pool and Penguin event. Families enjoyed free entry to the pool, food and a movie presented at Sills Field.

Family member, Lourdes McMoore, helps daughters Kimberly (left) and Katelyn splash in Richardson Pool at the Picnic, Pool and Penguin event. Families enjoyed free entry to the pool, food and a movie presented at Sills Field.

TAMC Tip

Swimming Safety
Swimming is a fun, active and healthy way to spend leisure time.
Take a few minutes to keep health and safety in mind to help prevent illness and injury.
•Ask a buddy to join you when swimming, so you don’t swim alone.
•Choose swimming sites that have lifeguards.
•Avoid drinking alcohol before and during swimming.
•Don’t swallow pool water.
•Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. Germs can spread in the water and make other people sick.
•Take a shower and wash your child before swimming.
•Take your kids on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes, or check diapers every 30-60 minutes.
•Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside.
•Germs can spread in and around the pool.
•Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers before getting in the pool.
•Watch children in and around water at all times.
•Make sure to keep your ears as dry as possible to help prevent swimmer’s ear.

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