For many in the Japanese American and Japanese communities,
the summer months are synonymous with obon
festivals. It is a time to enjoy great food, participate in obon dancing, and reconnect with friends
who you may have not seen in some time. While having fun at obon festivals should be your No.1
priority, this should not mean that we have to forget our healthy lifestyle!
Keiro encourages community members to make healthy lifestyle choices at every
single obon festival you attend this
summer. Here are six tips you can take with you throughout this obon season.
According to Prisca, it is important for all of us to eat in
moderation, balance, and variety.
However, if you have specific questions regarding what types of food you should
avoid, please consult with your primary care physician. Maintaining a healthy
lifestyle does not mean you have to avoid parts of the obon festival you enjoy the most. Attending obon festivals with friends and family is a great way to not only
spend time together, but also to sample (in moderation!) all the delicious
offerings. Keep these six tips in mind as you attend your local obon festival this summer, and we look
forward to seeing you out there!
RD, RN is the Health Education Specialist with Good Samaritan Hospital
Community Health Education Department. Prisca uses her nutrition, nursing and
administrative skills to develop and implement programs that help participants
make positive changes in their health. Prisca has over 15 years of experience
and has worked as a clinical nutrition manager providing medical nutrition
therapy and managing staff as well as implementing cardiovascular, nutrition,
health promotion and disease prevention programs in both inpatient and
community settings. When Prisca is not at work, she enjoys traveling, cooking,
and Chinese lion dancing.
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