Tips for a Happy, Healthy and Safe Summer | Health and fitness
IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT to wear a mask in crowded indoor and outdoor spaces. Lincoln’s vaccination rate is one of the best, but many are not yet vaccinated and children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine and can still contract and spread the infection. It is also important that people who are immunocompromised continue to wear masks in confined and overcrowded spaces. However, the risk of it spreading outdoors, especially where people can maintain a distance of at least 6 feet, is very low. Outdoor or indoor gatherings where everyone is vaccinated do not require masks.
THEN GET OUTSIDE! Getting the vaccine and going outside are two of the best ways to have a healthy, active summer. The city of Lincoln has over 6,000 acres of parks and natural lands in 132 parks, six recreation centers, 134 miles of trails, nine public swimming pools, five city golf courses and the Pioneers Park Nature Center. This makes it easier to go out and enjoy many activities at low or no cost, especially with the family.
Enjoy Lincoln’s extensive cycling and walking trails with a family bike ride. Don’t have bikes? BikeLNK offers bicycle rentals, including e-bikes, at 21 stations in downtown Lincoln and on the East Campus. Cards are on each kiosk as well as on their website (BikeLNK.bcycle.com/) and the BCycle app. You can also find lots of bike safety tips on LNKTV Health YouTube.
TASTEFUL – Staying healthy also means eating healthy. It might sound too obvious, but the easiest way to stop your kids from consuming junk food and sugary drinks is to simply not buy them. The children will eat whatever you have in the house. If healthy options are available, this is what they will eat and drink. For some older children who may be more alone this summer, teaching them how to prepare healthy and safe meals or snacks is essential. For fun and easy ideas, check out the “Simple and Healthy” video series on LNKTV Health YouTube.