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Celebrate July!

Covered Bridge: Many Things to Celebrate

July, the month we realize Mother Nature has ever so graciously provided us with … heat!

When I think back as a child and remember what the month of July meant to me, the following things come to mind: having to go back to school in a month, melted popsicles, bike rides, swimming, tent camping trips, sunburns, and losing track of time due to the long days of sunshine.

When I think of July as an adult, I think of red, white, and blue, our armed forces, and this great nation!  Humidity is almost, if not already, at a yearly high. OK, most people don’t look forward to the humidity. I get it, but I will take it over the rain and snow pretty much any day. The sound of fireworks almost all month long and the delightful smells of hamburgers and hotdogs from our grill or from somewhere else in our neighborhood are basically daily rituals.

One thing I do differently from a child to an adult? I camp in an RV. Some call it “glamping,” but I call it convenience on wheels.

However, those aren’t the only things to look forward to in July. I look forward to celebrating events within our community that make summer that much more exciting.

This year, Reid Foundation will celebrate the 10th Annual ReidRide on July 21! No matter your fitness level, according to Prevention Magazine, “Cycling puts very little impact on your joints, so it’s kind to your body.” That sounds like a great reason to me to get out there and safely give it a try!

If you are not familiar with the ReidRide, your contribution provides shoes to children in need in our local community. Every $20 donated will buy a pair of shoes. Information on registering for the event and other ways to contribute can be found at ReidRide.org.

In other celebratory news, this year is Reid’s 113th birthday on July 27! Reid will celebrate with some special activities, so be on the lookout for those details!

Maybe, like me, you simply enjoy this month for all it represents, or maybe you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or another day of importance this month. No matter what it is, I hope this month brings you much happiness!

Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.

Healthy Summer Party Tips

Healthy Summer Party Tips

4th of July get-togethers and summer parties are in full swing, so we have healthy summer party tips to make your party a success.

First up, brush up on outdoor food safety.

Safe Summer Infographic

 

Know the 4 steps to food safety for your 4th of July party.

4 Steps to Food Safety

 

Transport food in coolers whenever possible, and never leave any food with mayo, dairy, meat, or eggs out for longer than 2 hours.

Food Sitting Out

 

When grilling, cook beef and pork to 145 degrees, ground meat to 160 degrees, and chicken or turkey to 165 degrees.

Temperature Guide

 

Avoid cross-contamination by keeping dishes and utensils that touched raw meat away from other ingredients and cooked meat.

Tick season is supposed to be bad this year, so set up a bug spray station and use torches or candles to repel bugs.

18 Cookout Hacks to Take Summer Entertaining to the Next Level

 

Sunscreen is an important part of all outdoor get-togethers. Have it on hand and help prevent skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

And check out our healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next party or get-together and, without mayo or dairy, will keep longer outside.

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Healthy Summer Party Recipes

Healthy Summer Party Recipes

This week, we featured safe and healthy summer party recipes that are perfect for your next outdoor get-together.

First up are Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado that might be gone before you even have to worry about them sitting out.

Healthy Deviled Eggs with Avocado
Image and Recipe via Chef de Home

 

Throw together this easy Herbed Red Potato Salad that can sit out at your summer party.

Herbed Red Potato Salad (no mayo!)

 

This light Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta is a great way to get in some sweet corn.

Corn and Zucchini Salad with Feta
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

July 6 was National Fried Chicken Day. Skip the fryer for your party with this Southern Oven-Fried Chicken.

Southern Oven Fried Chicken

 

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad is a beautiful dish that’s safe outside on warm days.

Tomato, Onion, and Roasted Lemon Salad
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit

 

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad is a light and tasty side for any outdoor get-together.

Vegan Pesto Gluten Free Pasta Salad | Healthy Summer Potluck Recipe

 

Bring along this delicious Clean and Healthy Strawberry Crisp for dessert.

Clean and Healthy Strawberry Crisp

 

And check out our tips for a healthy summer party.

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Healthy Blackberry Recipes

Healthy Blackberry Recipes

Beautiful blackberries are in season, and we can help you make the most of the tasty berry with healthy blackberry recipes.

Make simple and refreshing Blackberry & Lime Popsicles for your 4th of July parties.

Blackberry & Lime Popsicles
Image and Recipe via Angie’s Recipes

 

Whip up easy Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers for your 4th of July gathering.

Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers

Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers

 

This delicious Blackberry Glazed Salmon is the perfect summer dinner.

Blackberry Glazed Salmon

 

These light Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies are a great way to start the day.

Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies

Lemon Blackberry Breakfast Cookies (Gluten, Egg, and Dairy-Free) + Why I’m Going Gluten Free

 

Impress your guests with Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese Toasts as an app.

Smashed Blackberry & Goat Cheese Toasts

 

Sit down for a refreshing lunch with this Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad.

Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad

Blackberry Chicken Spinach Salad with Blackberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

 

Dessert is quick and easy with this delicious Apple Blackberry Crisp.

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Healthy Apple Blackberry Crisp (gluten free & vegan)

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Safe Summertime Fun with Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips for Kids

We highlighted some important summer safety tips for your kids.

First up for the 4th of July, make sure you handle fireworks safely.

Fireworks Safety

 

Protect yourself and your kids from skin cancer by playing it safe in the sun.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 

Keep it smart around water this summer with these easy tips.

Water Safety

 

Use an insect repellent to prevent bug bites and protect kids from diseases.

Help your kids reach a healthy weight by moving and eating in-season fruits and veggies.

Help Your Kids Reach a Healthy Weight

 

Keep these tips in mind while your kids are playing sports this summer.

Sports Safety Tips

 

Are you ready for the new school year? Make sure your kids are by scheduling checkups now.

Summer Health Checklist

Fresh Garden Blueberry Recipes

Healthy Blueberry Recipes

This week, we featured delicious and healthy, in-season blueberry recipes.

First up are Red, White, and Blue Parfaits that you can whip up for the 4th of July.

Red, White, and Blue Parfaits
Image and Recipe via Life Tastes Good

 

Make this healthy No Mayo Broccoli Salad with Blueberries and Apple for any BBQ.

No Mayo Broccoli Salad with Blueberries and Apple

 

Baked Buttermilk Blueberry Donuts will help you skip the donut shop.

Baked Buttermilk Blueberry Donuts
Image and Recipe via The Beach House Kitchen

 

Blueberry-Basil Dressing on Spinach Salad is a refreshingly simple summer lunch.

Blueberry-Basil Dressing on Spinach Salad
Image and Recipe via The Garden Grazer

 

Throw together Blueberry Frozen Yogurt for a tasty frozen treat:

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Image and Recipe via Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

 

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries are perfect with a grilled entrée.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans

 

These Healthy Blueberry Muffins will satisfy your unhealthy muffin cravings.

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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Healthy Watermelon Recipes

Healthy Watermelon Recipes

For the week before the 4th of July, we featured healthy watermelon recipes while they’re in season.

Looking for an easy, healthy, and refreshing snack for the kids this weekend? Try these adorable Watermelon “Cupcakes”.

Watermelon Cupcakes

No Bake Watermelon Cupcakes

 

These Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops are the perfect adult treat with a little kick for this 4th.

Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops

 

This Watermelon Lemonade Sorbet is an easy but impressive dessert for your holiday parties.

Waterlemon Lemonade Sorbet
Image and Recipe via Scoop Adventures

 

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad is the perfect adult dish to enjoy on a summer evening.

Watermelon, Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Image and Recipe via Gourmande in the Kitchen

 

Make and pack this Watermelon Fruit Leather for a healthy snack for the kids at the fireworks.

Watermelon Fruit Leathers

 

These Watermelon Yogurt Pops are the perfect healthy treat to use up all your leftover watermelon this summer.

Watermelon Yogurt Pops

 

Looking for a savory way to enjoy your favorite fruit? Try this Watermelon and Haloumi Salad for a light dinner.

Watermelon and Haloumi Salad

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