7 Ways to Stay Healthy at Summer Cookouts

It’s officially cookout season! Here are 7 ways to stay healthy and happy all summer long.

1. Don’t overindulge.

We tend to go a little overboard when we make our plates at cookouts. With so many delicious options to choose from, making healthy choices can be challenging. Balance is key to enjoying food without heartache and indigestion. Throw some grilled veggies on your plate with that  burger or hot dog. Eat sweets in moderation.

2. Keep cold food cold and hot food hot.

Food safety a common concern in the summer. It’s important to store to food at the proper temperature to avoid food-borne illness. Keep cold foods, especially those containing mayonnaise, chilled below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot foods should maintain a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Bring healthy offerings.

Do everyone a favor a bring something healthy to eat. Bring vegetables for the grill or fresh fruit. A low fat dessert like Jello is also a good choice.

4. Stay hydrated.

Most of us don’t know when we are dehydrated until it’s too late. Drink plenty of water while you’re outdoors. This is especially important for young children and the elderly. Avoid drinks that contain sugar and caffeine as they will increase the risk of dehydration.

5. Go easy on the alcohol.

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets drunk. Don’t be that person. Drink responsibly.

6. Use sunblock.

Not only is sunburn literally a pain, but too much sun exposure is bad for your health. Wear hats and use sunblock as directed. Take advantage of shaded areas to minimized direct sun exposure.

7. Unplug.

Enjoy being in the company of friends and family. Summer is all about making memories. Put your phone away and have a great time!

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