Spring has fully arrived in the Greater Valley area, and thoughts are inevitably turning to the summer of 2021. After such a chaotic year, it’s no surprise that people are ready to return to the outdoors and have some much-needed fun in the sun. By now, you’re probably well aware of the passion that we at Second Harvest have for helping our communities thrive, so with that in mind, we wanted to give you some tips on how you can make the most of the next few months! Here’s a list of our 5 tips to having a happy, healthy, and, of course, safe summer 2021.
Spend Time Outdoors
With the mercury on the rise, there’s no doubt that beautiful summer weather is just around the corner. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or someone who just enjoys relaxing in nature, there’s no better time to start some healthy exercise habits. Fresh air and sunshine alone are enough to get your body on the right track, but it’s also the perfect time to try and elevate that heart rate with some light cardio. Bottom line: After a lethargic year of indoor confinement and isolation, it’s time to reclaim the outdoors again!
A topic that is near and dear to everyone involved with Second Harvest of the Greater Valley - you might even say it’s our raison d’etre. Maintaining a nutritious diet is at the core of living a happy and healthy life, with the food we eat having an impact on everything from immune function to mental health. Summer brings with it an array of delicious, seasonal produce, so be sure to take advantage of these sustainable options!
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of good old-fashioned face-to-face connection. Over a year of isolation can leave even the most introverted of bookworms craving some social contact, so If you’re feeling the urge to go out and congregate, you’re definitely not alone. We’re social creatures, so maintaining a connection with family, friends, and even the occasional community volunteer can make a big difference for your overall health!
Follow Public Health Guidelines
This should go without saying after the merry-go-round of lockdowns that have occurred over the last year, but we’ll repeat it just in case: Follow public health guidelines!
While the vaccine rollout has helped curb the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s still important to recognize that the situation is evolving in real-time. As much as you may want to return to your pre-pandemic lifestyle, there are still public health guidelines that you need to follow to stay safe. And remember, public health protocols work best when we all do our part!
Give Back to Your Community
Now, more than ever, is the time to give back to your community. With the pandemic wreaking financial havoc on businesses of all sizes, nonprofits and charities are feeling it worst of all. Donations are always a welcome contribution to community initiatives, but there are many other ways you can help give back this summer.
In the charitable mood and looking for a way to give back? Visit our website to learn more about Second Harvest’s volunteer, donor, and partnership programs!