Have a Safe and Healthy Super Bowl Celebration
Physical activity doesn't need to be hard to be beneficial. Here are some ideas while watching the game:
- Take the fun outside and play a game of half-time tag football, or take a walk.
- Lift hand weights, stretch, or use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching television.
- Or try some jumping jacks, planks, or squats.
The goal is to be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rate, and that strengthen your muscles.
Here are more tips for a healthy game plan for Super Bowl Sunday.
Enjoy Healthy Competition
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 drink water before the celebration. If joining others, take healthy snacks with you to prevent overindulging.
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. Items listed above may work. Water is always a great alternative to sugary and caffeinated 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.
Alcohol is common during Super Bowl celebrations, but 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.
Consider food safety
As you prepare game day meals and snacks, 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.
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.
Did you know that injuries, both unintentional and intentional, 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.
- Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper.
- Make sure your pets can handle the excitement before placing them in new or strange situations.
- 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.