MountainStar Health - November 20, 2019

Nothing keeps families closer than shared traditions. Perhaps you have fond memories of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with your siblings or licking the spoon while helping your grandmother bake Christmas cookies. Traditions like these create lasting, positive memories for you and your loved

ones. This holiday season, we challenge you to create a new family tradition—but make it healthy!

Need inspiration? Try one of these ideas:

  • Lace up your sneakers and participate in a short race or charity walk. If you have young grandchildren, play “I Spy” while you walk and point out interesting buildings, plants and cars. The fresh air and exercise will do you good!
  • Host a guilt-free feast with flavorful eats that are low in fat, calories, sugar or sodium. Invite guests to share favorite healthy recipes. Who knows? You may discover some healthy new indulgences.
  • Get friends or family members to volunteer for a service project with you. Write holiday cards for soldiers, make sack lunches for a homeless shelter, or shop for and deliver Christmas presents to a children’s hospital. Volunteering can have real benefits for both physical and mental health!