Have a Safe and Healthy Super Bowl Celebration
The Super Bowl is a fun time to get together with family and friends. Here are some tips for a healthy game plan on Super Bowl Sunday:
Enjoy healthy competition and get moving
All adults should be active for at least 2½ hours a week. There are a lot of ways to get the physical activity you need. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rate, and that strengthen your muscles.
While watching the Super Bowl, why not enjoy some healthy competition personally? You and your buddies can add physical activity to your Super Bowl party by doing push-ups. If your team gets a first down, then your buddies rooting for the other team have to do 10 push-ups – and vice-versa.
Choose healthy snacks and don’t overindulge.
If you’re hosting a party, add healthy snacks to your menu.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apple halves or carrot sticks. There should be a variety in season.
- Offer foods, dips, dressings, and beverages low in fat, calories, sugars, salt, and sodium.
- Consider people on special diets. Water is always a great alternative to sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic drinks.
Avoid serving recalled products and follow food safety guidelines to prevent illness.
- If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for product recall information. Or visit http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/
- Follow the Four Rules of Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill.
Avoid binge drinking, drinks with unknown alcohol content, or mixing alcohol with energy drinks. 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.
Be mindful that for pregnant women, consuming alcohol can cause babies to be born with fetal alcohol syndrome, a lifelong condition that causes physical and mental disabilities.
Fight the spread of flu
Influenza, commonly called the "flu," is a contagious viral infection that mostly affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Take steps to reduce your risk of getting the fly or spreading it to others.
- Get the flu vaccine.
- Develop habits to stop the spread of germs, like covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands often with soap and water.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
If it’s going to be cold, take these steps to stay warm on game day.
- If you are tailgating or celebrating outdoors, dress warmly and wear loose-fitting, layered clothes.
- Wear tightly woven and water-repellent outer garments.
- Drink warm liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol. Alcoholic drinks cause your body to lose heat more quickly.
- Keep heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
Enjoy the game and your health!