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Have a Safe & Healthy Game Day Celebration

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Whether you are having or going to a party, these tips provide a healthy game plan.

Eat Healthy

Avoid a false start with fattening foods. Eat healthy snacks and drink water before the celebration, or better yet, take healthy snacks with you to prevent overindulging.

Hosting the party? Add healthy snacks to your menu instead of just the high fat foods. Go for the big trophy by serving all healthy snacks.

  • 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. Water is always a great alternative to sugary and caffeinated drinks.

Limit Alcohol

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

  • Plan ahead. Always designate a nondrinking 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.
  • Alcohol is common during sporting event celebrations, but be mindful that for pregnant women, consuming alcohol can cause babies to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a lifelong condition that causes physical and mental disabilities.

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.

  • Those without Internet access can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for product recall information.
  • Follow the Four Rules of Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill.

Tackle 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.
  • Take the fun outside and play a game of half-time tag football.
  • Make your own cheers with your favorite moves.
  • Lift hand weights, stretch, or use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching television.

Stay Safe

Parties and tailgating can be fun, but it’s important to pay close attention to things that may cause injury and take precautions. Injuries, both unintentional and intentional acts of violence, are among the top 10 killers for Americans of all ages. Injuries can cause pain and inconvenience, and even lead to disability, chronic pain, and a profound change in lifestyle.

  • Never leave children unattended.
  • Avoid wearing clothing that blocks your vision or restricts your movement.
  • Make sure your pets can handle the excitement before placing them in new or strange situations.
  • Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper. Even when using these items outdoors, make sure they are not near an open window.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby when cooking or using a grill in case there’s an accidental flare-up.
  • Have a first-aid kit in your home and vehicle to handle injuries like small cuts and bruises.
  • Wear seat belts.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear when playing a pick-up game or riding bicycles, motorcycles, and skateboards.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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