485671215Mother’s Day – it’s a time for homemade cards, celebratory breakfasts, and gifts that show mom just how special she is.

This year, celebrate mom by also honoring her health. There are a number of ways you can do so from food to fitness to ensuring she is in good health.

  1. Plan a healthy meal for mom. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all of them!), serve mom a nutritious and delicious meal. Make sure her plate is one-half fruits and veggies, one-quarter whole grains, and one-quarter healthy proteins. Serve a lovely fruit-infused water to keep her hydrated. If you are eating out, watch portion sizes.
  2. Get mom moving. Plan an outing that gets mom moving for at least 30 minutes. It could be a nice walk in a garden or historic site, a fitness class you take together, or you could really impress her by hosting a family 5k in her honor. Is your mom already very active? Get her some new fitness apparel to keep her motivated.
  3. Help mom de-stress. Send her to the spa, or create a home spa experience for her: Turn the bathroom into a spa with bath salts, aromatherapy items, a facial mask or new body scrub, candles, relaxing music, and a personalized manicure or pedicure kit.
  4. Give her a clean bill of health. Create a “health checklist” card for mom.

Follow our “Mother’s Day” Pinterest Board for more fun and healthy ideas!

Follow UVM Medical Center’s board Mother’s Day: Celebrate in Good Health! on Pinterest.

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