Health Officials Offer Cool Food Choices for Heat Wave

Created on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 15:06

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-221-2463

In the midst of this heat wave, Indianapolis residents are doing everything they can to stay cool. Heating up the house to cook a meal is the last thing most individuals want to consider.

The Marion County Public Health Department Nutrition Services staff has several suggestions to help combat the heat and still ensure nutrition and hydration remain part of our daily eating. Above all else, drinking plenty of water is important to stay hydrated. Avoiding alcohol and drinks with caffeine is also advised.

Food suggestions include:

The health department also suggests foods like watermelon, cucumbers, cantaloupe, squashes, apples and oranges that have a high water content. Also, eating small meals more frequently may be an alternative.