DVIDS – News – NSA Naples Healthy Lifestyle Festival Beats Summer Heat With Hydrating Foods

NAPLES, Italy — On June 21, summer kicked off with a heatwave that swept through cities across Italy.

In Naples, the Healthy Lifestyle Festival at the U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples’ Commissary beat the summer heat by promoting healthy meals for military families on June 25.

The parking lot of the NSA Naples police station has been transformed into a mini-fair decorated with a bouncy house and various stalls promoting hydration and healthy eating habits.

To celebrate Italy and America’s unmissable summer, the festival also included a watermelon eating contest for all ages.

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” said chief information systems technician Chris Medford, who entered the adult category of the festival’s watermelon-eating competition.

Medford said he was happy to have brought his family to the Healthy Lifestyle Festival.

“I think the festival is something fun that the whole family can take part in and there’s a good reason for it,” Medford said.

According to the American Heart Association, watermelon is about 92% water, making it a great snack during the heat of summer.

Staff at the United States Naval Hospital (USNH) in Naples set up a tropical-themed healthy hydration station with water-infused drinks, such as lime and cucumbers, that visitors can try for free.

According to Chasity Bass, head of health and wellness promotion at USNH Naples, sprucing up water with fruit or vegetable infusions is a tasty and nearly calorie-free way to drink water, especially for those who have an aversion to the taste of water.

“We offer alternatives to sodas and show how to add flavor to water without adding sugar,” Bass said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water can prevent hydration and help manage body weight.

“Sugary drinks strip water from our cells,” Bass said.

Armando Zapata, manager of the NSA commissioner’s grocery store in Naples, served free trays of watermelon and bottled water to visiting families.

“This is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that we have organized the Healthy Lifestyle Festival,” Zapata said. “We had a great time with the families, and the families are enjoying the summer by eating healthy fruits and vegetables.

NSA Naples is an operational shore base that enables U.S., Allied, and partner nation forces to be where they are needed, when they are needed to provide security and stability in European, African, and Central Areas of Responsibility. .

For more information about NSA Naples and the sailors who serve aboard the installation, please follow us on Instagram @NSANaples and Facebook at facebook.com/NSANaples/.


Date taken: 25.06.2022
Date posted: 27.06.2022 23:34
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