Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said "Select nutritious food gifts, choose a family outing with physical activity for everyone and find ways to encourage others to reach their health goals during this season.”
Buy a loved one a Florida State Parks pass and give the gift of the great outdoors
This gift allows Florida residents and visitors to breathe the fresh air, exercise outdoors and enjoy our beautiful state in any of the 160 state parks throughout Florida. Learn more atwww.floridastateparks.org.
Cook a healthy meal or take a healthy cooking class together
A common way to express affection during the holidays is through food. Spend some quality together while preparing lower fat, lower calorie options for gatherings with family and friends. Or consider creating new memories by providing a gift to attend local healthy cooking classes.
Give the gift of activity and support
Baskets and stockings are typically filled with candy, yet you can reshape this idea and create a health basket for a loved one containing items that can help with daily life. Include an activity tracker or pedometer, with a note attached that says, "You can do it!” Fill it up with fruit and other healthy snacks to help others start the New Year feeling better and motivated to stay healthy.
Maintain, Don't Gain Challenge
Healthiest Weight Florida's newest initiative, Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Challenge, contains helpful tips and reminders that can be useful to those who are striving towards their healthiest weight goals. For more information and to sign up visit the Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.