Father's Day offers a unique opportunity for families to have fun together — but also to develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime. USDA has developed a short list of tips for families celebrating Father's Day.
Top 5 Father's Day Tips:
- Visit a local farmer's market: Take Dad to your local farmer's market! More than 4,500 farmer's markets across the country are open for business and brimming with fresh locally-grown summer produce, fresh cut flowers and tasty baked goods. What better way to spend a summer morning or afternoon? Use the things you buy to create a delicious Father's Day meal. Find a farmer's market in your area.
- Explore a local forest or park. Connect with nature and help the entire family create a lifelong curiosity about the natural world. This will also help the family to become better stewards of the environment and lead to healthier, active lives. Visit www.discovertheforest.org to find activities within an hour of your home — just type in your zip code for locations near you.
- Plant your own garden. Families can plant their own vegetable garden just like the Peoples Garden planted at USDA by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. If you need a little help, reach out to your state's USDA Extension Master Gardeners, who can provide educational assistance on lawns, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamentals. Every state, including the District of Columbia, has such a program. Find local Master Gardeners, who have thoroughly trained and supervised staff.
- Cook a healthy meal with dad. What better way to celebrate Father's Day than by cooking a healthy meal or snack at home with the family? You can follow it with a walk or ride a bike for some fun physical activity. Parents are great role models for teaching children healthy habits and good nutrition. By simply choosing to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats - your kids will too. What could be easier? Cooking together also provides an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids and make memories that will last a lifetime. Check out a few healthy recipe ideas.
- Give dad a food thermometer to make sure food is safe. Is it done yet? You can't tell by looking. Use a food thermometer to be sure. USDA research shows that one out of every four hamburgers turns brown in the middle before it is safely cooked. Food must reach a high enough temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. Read more about making sure your food is cooked safely.