Have a healthy and safe family reunion
Plan a healthy menuServe food and drinks that are low in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, which provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health, and also may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
As you plan and prepare healthy meals, follow the recipe for food safety to help avoid harmful foodborne bacteria:
- Clean: Wash produce. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.
- Separate: Don't cross-contaminate one food with another.
- Cook: Cook meat, poultry, and eggs thoroughly.
- Chill: Refrigerate leftovers promptly.
- Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to your local public health department.
Move togetherSome reunions may include walking, hiking, dancing, swimming, or other activities. You can socialize and stay fit at the same time. Pick fun physical activities to do together, and enjoy the health benefits.
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Adults need at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Know and share your family health historyA family reunion is a good time to share family history—people, events, places, and dates. Why not share your family health history too?
A family health history is a written or graphic record of the diseases and health conditions present in your family. You can’t change your genes, but you can change behaviors that affect your health, such as smoking, inactivity, and poor eating habits. People who have a close family member with a chronic disease (for instance, cancer, coronary heart disease, and diabetes) may have a higher risk of developing that disease than those without such a family member.
Take a health quiz with family members to determine risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Travel smartNo matter the distance you are traveling, keep these tips in mind:
- Avoid drinking and driving.
- Make sure adults and children are buckled up in motor vehicles.
- If you're taking a cruise, check ship inspection scores.
- If you’re traveling internationally, make sure you've had all appropriate vaccinations for your destination. Check out travel notices about current health issues related to specific destinations.