If you participated in October and November’s Hancock Health Challenges, you’re already well on your way to inspiring healthy living in the people around you this holiday season. December continues to build on this generosity, from sharing healthy holiday sweets to brain games that keep your mind active.
As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in our community, you may not be able to get together with the people you love as you have in years past. With these thoughtful gift ideas, they’ll know that you’re thinking about them and want them to have the best. Good health is something we should all strive for—especially this year.
As always, we want to see what you’re doing to live a healthier life. When you complete a Hancock Health Challenge, post a picture or video on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #HancockHealthChallenge.
Check out the December challenges below. Here’s to sharing good health!
Week 1: Share a healthier holiday bake off.
Cookie tins filled with delicious, homemade treats are a holiday staple for most families. But what if instead of loading up on sugar, you found a way to make something delicious that doesn’t max out your daily calorie intake in a single sitting?
Consider these nutritious holiday recipes as an alternative to grandma’s “two-sticks-of-butter-in-everything” approach. These sweet treats are still delicious and festive, and won’t rot the teeth of the people you love. Win-win!
Week 2: Write up your favorite home workout routine.
Will you be the motivation someone needs to reach their fitness goals in 2021? We’ve all been forced to get creative working out from home this year. Not everyone can afford a fancy Peloton bike subscription or that mirror with a fitness coach trapped inside. Share some simple, home workouts that worked for you this year to encourage your loved ones to stay active.
Maybe it’s a dumbbell routine, or a creative way to combine cardio into cleaning the living room. Whatever you found fun or worth repeating, share it with someone you love. You never know when you’ll be the spark someone needs to make health possible in their own life.
Week 3: Let the light shine in.
The holidays are a reason to celebrate, to be sure. But winter can also prove a trying time for many of us. Short days with little sunlight can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to changes in seasons. Check out Mayo Clinic’s website for a complete list of symptoms and signs for concern.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get vitamin D in the long, cold days of winter. There are dozens of therapy lamps on the market, designed specifically to combat SAD. For as little as $30, you could light up someone’s life this holiday season.
Week 4: Keep them guessing.
Balanced eating and regular exercise are two critical pieces of making health possible. But it’s just as important to keep our minds engaged, particularly as we get older. Give the gift of a sharp intellect by sharing your favorite brain game. It could be something as simple as a jigsaw puzzle—or the most complicated Lego masterpiece you’ve ever dared assemble. Your loved ones will appreciate the distraction as we continue to push through the pandemic safely at home.
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