Celebrate dad this weekend by keeping his health in mind. These four ideas, in and around Chester County, combine simple fatherly pleasures with a healthy theme.
Arguably, Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without meat cooked in fire. Eatingwell.com offers some excellent grilling ideas for a leaner barbecue, including grilled filet mignon with vegetable kabobs and grilled salmon soft tacos. Treat dad to a healthier version of steak with these suggestions from the Food Network:
- Try a spice rub instead of marinating with a prepackaged bottle, laden with high fructose corn syrup and salt. Spices add a ton of flavor without the calories.
- Instead of serving up a big slab of meat, slice into 1-inch pieces and thread on a skewer with fruits or veggies. You’ll still have a flavorful steak-based dish, but with fewer calories and added vitamins and antioxidants.
- Thinly slice a three to four-ounce steak and fan over a bed of greens.
Let dad indulge in a favorite hobby by sampling new sporting goods and outdoor entertainment merchandise at the Family Sports and Entertainment Expo at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. “Hobbies can engage you physically and mentally,” says Peter Lichtenberg, director of the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. And, people that engage in multi-faceted hobbies are at a lower risk for depression and dementia. Dr. Lichtenberg says the best kinds of hobbies are those that require expertise and therefore, commitment which make them more satisfying. Also, hobbies that involve physical fitness provide physical benefits. Psychologist Michael Brickey, author of Defy Aging, says hobbies help reduce stress and provide a sense of accomplishment.
Promote dad’s appreciative feelings for the friendships in his life with a viewing of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid at the Phoenixville Colonial Theatre. The Health Day News reports a study at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia that suggests good buddies are even more important than close family ties in helping older people live longer. Additionally, friends may also have a significant impact on mood, self-esteem and coping mechanisms during difficult times.
Get dad out and moving with some old-school play time. Check out these Chester County or nearby fun spots for roller skating, miniature-golf, bowling allies, and batting cages:
- Palace bowling, Downingtown
- Frazer lanes, 554 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA
- CN Skate Palace, Aston
- Grand Slam batting cages, Malvern
- Tee it Up, West Chester
- Markie’s Mini Golf, Phoenixville
Boulder Falls Mini Golf, Downingtown