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Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

¡Viva Health! Offers Tips for Summer Movie-goers

Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager

SAN ANTONIO (May 23, 2018) –  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer blockbuster movie season. This summer popular titles including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World, The Incredibles II, among others, will bring masses of kids and kids at heart to local theaters. While there are plenty of chances to watch a great movie, unfortunately there are also plenty of tempting unhealthy items to consume at movie theaters.


Don’t despair! Metro Health’s ¡Viva Health! campaign is here to help you fight the dark side of movie-watching snacks with these simple tips:

  • Have a full meal before going to the movies. This will help you fight temptations to snack on Jurassic-sized buckets of popcorn.
  • Don’t get into an infinity war with your friends and share your candy. Sometimes one or two bites will be enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. The daily limit for added sugar is 10 teaspoons. More than half of your added sugar allowance can be found in one standard serving size of candy, which is smaller than the pouches and boxes sold at the concession stand.
  • Share a small popcorn. A small serving can contain 6 to 11 cups while a large serving can have 16 to 20 cups. According to the American Heart Association, one serving of popcorn is equal to 3 cups. To skip the added calories, fat and salt, ask to skip the butter.
  • Check out the café or dining menus for healthier options, if available. Pick something that makes half your plate fruits and veggies.
  • Don’t drink your calories. Try sparkling water or a sugar-free option. Most movie theaters have kiosks that offer “low calorie/no calorie” selections which  sparkling water. You can ask for water cups at the concessions and save money while choosing a healthier option.

Take this opportunity to think about your habits when watching movies at home. Do you indulge in sweet and salty snacks? Is there any habit that can be replaced with a healthier choice? Often times going to the movies gives us an excuse to overindulge in treats. Going to the movies doesn’t have to have a negative impact on your health, just remember the three ¡Viva Health! messages and

  • Drink water, not sugary drinks
  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, every meal, every day
  • For portion control, use a smaller plate

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