Health Departments Serve Up Healthy Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 22, 2011, 3:30 PM, Posted by

Many news reports this week put the calorie counts for Thanksgiving dinner at anywhere from 2,000 to 4,500 calories (likely an extra slice of pie and an extra pour of gravy in the latter count), which is why health departments across the country are offering advice on healthier eating and increased activity come Thursday:

  • Smart Eating Habits from the Washington, D.C., health department include eating breakfast on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Online Thanksgiving cookbook from the San Bernardino County, Calif., health department (the pumpkin bread pudding dessert has only 183 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving).

  • A video on healthy eating tips from the Lake County, Ill., health department (survey the buffet and be a picky eater before filling your plate). [See Lake County's November Nutrition Tip video below.]

  • Safe eating should also be on the menu. The Mayo Clinic offers tips on how long you can safely serve Thanksgiving leftovers.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.