Bringing Health and Happiness to the Holidays
December 22, 2011
Maren Stewart, President & CEO
This holiday season, I encourage you to give your family, friends and colleagues the gift of health.
As we partake in a plethora of holiday parties and run last-minute errands, it’s often easy to lose sight of the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Of course we’re all going to indulge in scrumptious treats here and there, but we can also find opportunities to incorporate healthy (yet delicious!) eating and physical activity into our holiday merriment.
Here are a few fun ideas to get you started:
Healthy Giving and Party Ideas for Kids
- Create an “indoor fun toolkit” that encourages active indoor play—hula hoops, jump ropes, foam balls, active charade cards, dance music, etc…
- Get creative with the holiday treats, and have everyone help. Great options include red and green apple slices in low-fat caramel, fruit, yogurt and granola parfaits, cherry tomatoes and red bell pepper slices in low-fat ranch dressing, festive fruit smoothies.
Healthy Holidays at Work
- Give fresh produce baskets—they look festive, taste great. Consider a “fruit or veggie of the month club” membership to continue trying fresh new options.
- Consider giving a trial membership at a gym, gift certificates to a sporting goods store, or try an interesting class like yoga, dance, kick boxing or other activity to do together as a team.
Please visit our website’s healthy holidays feature for more great ideas.
I hope you have a healthy and happy holiday season!
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