Health & Medicine

Score some points for health on Super Bowl Sunday

Footballs may get deflated when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks today, but you and your game-watching buddies shouldn’t. Super Bowl viewers – an estimated 184 million Americans – are notorious for flopping onto the couch in front of a big bowl of nosh, and not getting up for several hours save to cheer for a touchdown or throw something at the television.

The result is an average intake of 2,400 calories per American – a number that makes sense when you factor in the 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 3 million pounds of nuts consumed nationwide on gameday, according to the Snack Food Association. The afternoon of overeating and underexercising is second only to Thanksgiving on the list of most gluttonous holidays, according to the Calorie Control Council.

Fortunately, Sacramento will serve up a handful of healthy options today to help football fans eat better and move more. Whether you’re looking to add some green to your Super Bowl spread or get your blood pumping before you hit the couch, you’ll likely find something to your fancy here.

Super Sunday 5K and 10K

Join the Sacramento Running Association and California Family Fitness for a morning 5K or 10K to burn some calories in anticipation of the big game. Enjoy cheerleaders, music, tailgate parties and football-themed awards.

Where: Hornet Stadium, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St.

When: 9 a.m. start (5K), 9:15 a.m. start (10K)

Cost: $30 in advance (5K), $40 in advance (10K)


Vegan Super Bowl party at El Papagayo

Get your beans and avocados at this Carmichael Mexican restaurant, which will offer an all-vegan buffet for those looking to pass on the chicken wings. An optional cooking class will teach the art of masa, tortillas, sopes and more to audience members lacking football enthusiasm.

Where: 5804 Marconi Ave., Carmichael

When: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 for dinner, $7 for the cooking class


Super Acro Bowl Sunday with Yoga Seed Collective

Try out a different kind of “bowl” at the Yoga Seed Collective on Sunday in a collaboration with Handstand Nation and Acro Revolution for an afternoon of physical fun. Two instructors will help participants of all levels learn basic acro play skills, including flying, basing, stacking and even going upside-down.

Where: The Yoga Seed Collective, 1400 E St., Suite B, Sacramento

When: 1 p.m.

Cost: $25


Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.