Calendar for Family Health: July

Calendar for Family Health: July


July 1: Buy chicken breasts instead of chicken legs and thighs, which are made of fattier dark meat. 

July 2: Purchase wild mushrooms to enjoy with dinner tonight, but make sure to purchase from reputable sources.

July 3: Add crunch (and healthy fat) to your salad by using toasted walnuts or almonds instead of croutons.

July 4: Celebrate the Fourth of July with a healthy family barbecue and safe outdoor activities! 

July 5: Use your favorite low-fat or nonfat salad dressing as a delicious dip or marinade.

July 6: Set up an exciting obstacle course in your backyard or at a park. Let the kids help by suggesting their favorite sporting equipment or other creative ideas.

July 7: Turn off the television during dinner tonight. Catch up on the events of the day.

July 8: Make sure your refrigerator is not overloaded. If it is too full, this prevents good airflow and makes your unit work harder to stay cold and keep foods fresh.

July 9: Try a nondairy milk in your cereal, such as soy, rice, almond, or hemp.

July 10: Find a nice trail ride that everyone can enjoy. Grab the bikes, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors today.

July 11: Want a healthful snack? Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze 

July 12: Keep the humidity level in your refrigerator at 85% to 95% to prevent fruits and vegetables from drying out.

July 13: Plan a roller skating party or just skate with your children. You are never too old to roller skate. 

July 14: Leave avocados, bananas, pears, and tomatoes ripen at room temperature. You can keep most other produce in the refrigerator.

July 15: Subscribe to your local recreation center’s program guide to learn about new fitness classes and programs for the whole family.

July 16: Make dinner with the kids tonight.

July 17: Set your smartphone timer to go off for every 20 minutes that your kids are on the computer. Make them take an equal amount of time enjoying physical activity.

July 18: Wear a wide-brimmed hat for extra sun protection.

July 19: Tell your children a story about how you came to love your favorite fruit or vegetable.

July 20: Exercise by pushing your child around in a stroller. For a greater challenge, get a jogging stroller, so that you can jog with your little one.

July 21: Enjoy the last of the season’s asparagus with some whole-grain pasta for a lite dinner.

July 22: Organize a game of catch or kickball in the backyard.

July 23: Rinse fruits and vegetables under cool running water. Use a produce brush to get rid of any dirt.

July 24: Grow some herbs this summer for use in a variety of dishes. Try basil or chives.

July 25: Create a sports basket for easy family access to balls, racquets, mitts, and other sporting equipment.

July 26: Take a family bike ride through the neighborhood.

July 27: Keep your cooler closed at the picnic to make sure that foods remain colder longer.

July 28: Pick a new summer fruit to try this week, such as crenshaw melon!

July 29: Go to your local swimming pool. Play water tag or water volleyball with the kids.

July 30: Grill fruit as a tasty and healthy dessert! Brush pineapple slices, peaches, nectarines, and plums with canola oil for a delicious, caramelized treat.

July 31: Pack a picnic and head to a nearby park with your family.

Review Date 6/13


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