Josh is an epidemiologist at the MA Department of Public Health
The Jewish holiday of Purim is coming up! Typically, this holiday is celebrated by reading the Book of Esther and many other customs, including an obligatory meal. Overall this may not sound like a holiday which is made for healthy eating and physical activity, but with a little creativity it you can work in your healthy lifestyle with the events of the day!
One Purim custom is to deliver food packages to the friends in your community. While you may have a long list of people you would like to give to, try making a shorter list with neighbors who are close to you and walk from one house to another, completing a route.
Also, don’t forget to make healthy options for your gift baskets. Do a search for “whole wheat hamentashen” to make a healthier version of this traditional Purim cookie. Also include fruits and vegetables in your gift basket. Low-fat and low-sodium foods are also a good option. Many of these ideas can also work well for the celebratory meal.
Another popular custom of Purim is to dress up in costume. Inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle by dressing up in a physical activity theme such as a runner or a sports player. Or, get crazy with it and dress in all purple to be the Mass-in-Motion person!
Finally, parties abound on the joyous day, so get excited, but also join in the dancing and burn off the calories from all those extra treats you ate!