Best Thanksgiving Traditions in Northwest Arkansas

Okay, so some of these aren’t actually traditions…yet. But at [client] in Rogers, we’re dedicated to the health of our community – especially on the most gluttonous day of the year. The average American eats a whopping 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. That’s like eating four boxes of Thin Mint cookies or sixteen slices of pizza! These Thanksgiving traditions aren’t just about nutrition, though – they’re fun, too!

Go for an afternoon walk

Thanksgiving in Northwest Arkansas is usually light jacket weather, so there’s no reason you can’t get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Gather the gang together and have the whole family go for a walk. Just a half-hour walk each day can improve your health, and Thanksgiving is the
perfect day to start. Bonus points if you go for a walk in the woods, as nature walks can boost brain power. We suggest Veterans Memorial Park in Rogers or Memorial Park in
Bentonville.

Make a signature vegetable dish

Only 7.5% of people in Arkansas are meeting the daily recommended intake of two or three cups of vegetables each day. Create a signature vegetable dish that’s both healthy and delicious, and it’ll be easy for you and your loved ones to get your veggies in on Thanksgiving. Try incorporating squash, pumpkin, radishes, turnips, or sweet potatoes into your meal this year, or start your feast
off with a fresh salad.

Buy a local turkey

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Do you know where your Thanksgiving bird came from? When you buy local, you can ensure that you’re buying a turkey that hasn’t been raised on antibiotics, hormones, and preservatives. At Red Hat Farms in Bentonville, the turkeys are pasture raised and processed right there at the farm, but you have to reserve before July to ensure you’ll have one for the big day. Across the Creek Farm in West Fork in Gentry raises pigs, chickens, and turkeys. You can also check out Dime’s Meat Market and Ivan’s Old Time Meat Shop for fresh, hormone-free turkey.

Have a family football game

Instead of sitting around watching the Saints play the Falcons or the Eagles versus the Cowboys, get outside and have your own (friendly!) game of football. Sports teach teamwork and offer several health benefits. And watching Dad take on his father-in- law or a great battle between the cousins is good old-fashioned fun. Let off a little steam, bond as you create plays and map out
strategies, and enjoy the fresh air!

Give thanks

One of the nicest traditions we’ve seen is going around the dinner table while everyone shares what he or she is thankful for that year. Gratitude is good for your overall well-being, and it’s too rarely practiced these days. At [client] in Rogers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to change the way women experience birth. Most women grew up believing that their only option for labor and delivery was the hospital. Now, thanks to our incredible staff of midwives and the community of Rogers, we are able to offer a comfortable, stress-free environment for women to give birth in. And that’s something to be grateful for.

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