Looking for ways to cool off?

August 14, 2020
children playing in a sprinkler

How are you? Staying cool in the steamy summer weather? In this post we’ve included tips to stay cool in the hot weather, an app, links, books, a movie, and recipes! Read on.

Below is a link to find swimming pools, wading pools, and spray decks near you. Cool off in the water:

https://www.mass.gov/swimming-pools-wading-pools-and-spray-decks/locations?page=1&_page=1

  • Try running through sprinklers, getting a kiddie pool, or cool off with a squirt gun!
  • Make your own parfait sundae with yogurt and fresh fruit. What a delicious and healthy way to cool off!
  • Have a picnic in your local park.
  • Even a few hours in air conditioning gives your body time to cool off.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Wear loose fitting long sleeve shirts and clothing and don’t forget, wear a hat.

child spraying another with a hose

Looking for ways to cook healthy while beating the heat. Try the app below:

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/startsimpleapp

Stumped and looking for ways to be physically active? Want to create fitness goals and keep track? Try this:

https://health.gov/MoveYourWay/Activity-Planner/

children hula-hooping

What about a petting zoo, a local farm, an orchard, a park, the seacoast, or a beach. Massachusetts has it all. Check the links below:

https://www.massvacation.com/explore/bring-the-kids/animals/

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/agritourism-farms

Summer Recipes

August is the perfect month to hit the farmer’s market for peaches and tomatoes. They have a short season but when it’s on, it’s ON! Below are a couple recipes you can try:

Cherry tomato salsa:

https://extension.umass.edu/nutrition/recipes/cherry-tomato-salsa

No bake peach crisp:

https://extension.umass.edu/nutrition/recipes/no-bake-peach-crisp

Peach and tomato salsa:

https://www.foodhero.org/recipes/peach-salsa

What else can we get from peaches and tomatoes?

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC1RiwgUZzI

I will never not ever eat a tomato by Lauren Child:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfRBuNTXrVo

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW1oYEh4B_8

people meeting in a forest for a summer event