Having a safe, healthy Super Bowl

Published 6:44 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016



New Year’s resolutions may still be going strong for some, but all the junk food, soda and beer drinking makes the Super Bowl the cheat day to end all cheat days. It doesn’t have to be like that, though. There are plenty of ways to stay active and healthy as you cheer on Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Even though kickoff at Levi’s Stadium isn’t until 6:30 p.m., Super Bowl parties are oftentimes an all-day affair. Friends and family gather together, especially since so many in this area have a rooting interest.

Instead of sinking into the couch for the hours of pregame coverage, spend some time outside tossing around the pigskin. It might also be fun to arrange teams for a touch football game if there are enough people in attendance. Not only is it a good, competitive way to spend time with each other, but getting some activity in is also good for keeping alert and awake during the night’s game. That’s important because the halftime show and all the commercial breaks — as entertaining as they are — often make the game feel like a marathon.

Another key to a healthy weekend of football is smart snacking. It’s worth considering replacing some chips and pretzels with celery and carrots. Some dip along with it can make it just as tasty with not nearly as many calories.

Soda and alcohol consumption should be limited for the sake of saving oneself of the empty calories. In the case of alcohol, keeping drinking under control will also help avoid the possibility of alcohol-related accidents when traveling home. If you intend to drink at a party, plan ahead for a ride home. A taxi is another option always available should you not have a ride at the end of the night.

Finally, cold and flu season is still prevalent, despite the weather feeling like summer is just around the corner. If you feel under the weather, don’t risk spreading illness to others by attending a party.