Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy Over 4th of July Weekend
4th of July weekend is just about here! That means barbecues, fireworks, and a lot of time outdoors for family and friend gatherings as we celebrate our nation.
Check out these tips to ensure that you have a fun, safe, and healthy 4th of July:
- Stay hydrated. No matter where you live in the country, it’s going to be hot. Drink plenty of water to keep your body from overheating. Fruit is also a great way to stay cool since fruit is packed with water, vitamins, and fiber.
- Leave the handling of fireworks to professionals. Fireworks pose a safety risk when handled by children or un-trained people. Check online for professional fireworks shows in your area, as those are the safest way to watch fireworks. If you or someone you know wants to shoot some off, make sure there is a trained or experienced person around to help oversee the handling of the fireworks.
- Eat light. Eating a heavy, filling meal will make you feel hotter in the sun. Control how much hot food you consume and be sure to mix in some salad and sides, along with healthy snack foods such as fruits or veggie sticks.
- Don’t ignore grill safety. Make sure your grill is clean before and after use to avoid spreading germs and bacteria, as well as prevent flare-ups. Additionally, keep the grill away at least a few feet away from your house or trees, and keep children and pets away from it so they don’t get hurt.
- Make healthy drinks. While sodas and alcohol are popular and fine in moderation, make healthy, cold drinks such as homemade iced tea sweetened with agave nectar or sparkling cucumber water. This will spice up your drink offering, keep everyone cool, and provide more options for your friends and family.
- Don’t forget about sunscreen. Even if you’re not going to the beach or pool, it’s important to wear sunscreen if you plan on spending any significant time outside. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are at their strongest between 10 AM – 4 PM, so stay covered and be sure to re-apply the sunscreen every 2-3 hours. Also, wearing a hat can help protect your face!
- Participate in active games and activities. Games such as wiffleball, volleyball, and football are great ways to have fun and stay active at parties. Even fewer active games and activities, such as bocce ball, frisbee tossing, and playing catch with a baseball, are good. Anything that keeps you moving and burning off those holiday calories is helpful over this weekend!
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