The Fourth of July is the perfect time for a healthy summer celebration.Traditionally people across the country meet with friends and family to celebrate our nation on this day. Not only is it a time to connect with friends and family but also to eat in-season fruit and vegetables, when they taste their best. Berries, watermelon, zucchini, yellow squash, and ripe tomatoes are a few examples of what you can dish up during the holiday.
Did you know that getting some fresh air and sunshine is also good for you? Not only are you getting your daily dose of vitamin D, but studies have also shown that being outdoors reduces stress and depression and improves sleep.1 The Fourth is an ideal day to step outside and enjoy the summer weather. Many people celebrate Independence Day by going to the lake, hiking or camping. Whatever you choose to do, have fun, relax and enjoy time together with friends or family, making new memories. Our overall well being – physical, mental and emotional – is improved by these things.
Here are some tips and recipes to navigate the Fourth in a healthy way:
Just recently in our weekly Bluebird group meetup, we discussed how the time we spend with friends and family adds to our wellness. We talked about swimming, playing cards, yard games such as bocce ball, and paddle ball as ways we will add activity to our holiday plans. What activity sounds fun to you?
Going to a potluck or hosting? Here are some festive recipe ideas:
We at Bluebird wish you a happy and healthy Fourth of July!
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Valerie F Gladwell, Daniel K Brown, Carly Wood, Gavin R Sandercock, Jo L Barton
Extrem Physiol Med. 2013; 2: 3. Published online 2013 Jan 3. doi: 10.1186/2046-7648-2-3