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Kick off a Healthy Super Bowl Celebration

Kick off with healthy snacks

You can set a goal to eat healthy—and still have a ball while watching two top football teams face off in the Super Bowl.

  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apple halves or carrot sticks. There should be a variety in season.
  • Intercept dips and dressings that 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. Have selections on hand for guests with diabetes or on special diets.

Fruits and Veggies Matter
Nutrition Topics
Diabetes and Me: Eat Right

Practice food safety

Think safety as you prepare party food. Help prevent illness.

Call a time-out on alcohol

Take steps to make sure you and the friends and family members you’re celebrating with avoid driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Plan ahead. Always pick 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 select a sober driver and offer alcohol-free beverages.

Although alcohol is common during sports celebrations, remember that in pregnant women, it can cause babies to be born with problems that lead to physical and mental disabilities.
Alcohol: Frequently Asked Questions
Vital Signs: Binge Drinking
Drinking and Driving: A Threat to Everyone
Quick Stats: Binge Drinking
Alcohol and Pregnancy

Tackle physical activity

It’s fun to watch professional athletes--and you can get in some physical activity too.

  • Dance along with the music during half time or put on your own half-time show.
  • Toss a football during commercial breaks.
  • Lift hand weights, stretch, or use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching television.

Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles.
How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?
Physical Activity

Plan a weather defense

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 outer garments that are tightly woven and water-repellent.
  • 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 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide
Winter Storm Facts

More Information

  • Page last reviewed: January 31, 2013
  • Page last updated: January 31, 2013
  • Content source:
    • CDC Office of Women's Health
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs