Summer is here and with it comes celebrations of all kinds such as beach days, barbeques and picnics with family and friends. In addition to good food and company, many of these festivities may include alcohol, so it’s important to remember that anyone who provides alcohol to people under the age of 21 can face criminal charges.
To make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at your next gathering, here are some great alcohol-free celebration ideas:
- A potluck or BBQ is a great option for those on a budget. Home cooking is affordable and provides an alternative to restaurants. Healthy eating ideas can be found here on the Mass Health Blog
- You don’t need to limit costume parties to Halloween. Choose a specific era such as the 20s, or have friends surprise you by showing up as their favorite movie characters.
- Now is the perfect time of year to organize a game of your favorite sport. Kickball, basketball, or baseball are all fun games for any age. For an even bigger event, invite family and friends to create several teams. Create tournament brackets for a mini “playoff”.
- For the budding artists, host a gallery show in your house. Hang up their photos, drawings, or paintings, or play a group drawing game. One that we particularly like requires only 3 friends, 3 sheets of paper, and the drawing supplies of your choice. Fold your papers accordion style into three sections. Each person will draw the top third of a body connecting the outlines from each body part just over the next fold. Fold the top third over so only the middle section is visible, pass your paper to the person sitting next to you, and draw the next portion of the body. Repeat this process until you’ve completed your body and unfold to see who – or what! – you’ve created!
- No one will miss alcohol when there is great food and tasty refreshments. Fruit juice, ice tea, or lemonade are great choices for the spring and summer. For a creative twist, try mixing fruit juice or lemonade with your favorite tea over ice.
- If you or your family would like to avoid parties with alcohol but can’t host your own, your local adult education center may offer great one-day activities in cooking or studio art. Some also offer outdoor events such as hikes or historical tours. Keep an eye out in your local paper for free or discounted public events as well.
If your child is heading to a party on their own, take the time to talk with them about the risks of underage drinking. For resources on how you can start the conversation, visit Mass.gov/maclearinghouse
Folic Acid for the Future! posted on Jan 18
We all know the common New Year’s resolutions this time of year: losing weight, getting more organized and catching up on sleep are at the top of many people’s lists! But chances are, many women, in particular, are overlooking an important addition to their list: …Continue Reading Folic Acid for the Future!
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting