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Counting calories? Tips to stay healthy at the Iowa State Fair

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With the Iowa State Fair coming around just once a year, we all like to indulge. However, the more fried Snickers and riblets-on-a-sick the average fair goer munches on, the more calories he or she consumes. Dietitians recommend keeping a few things in mind to keep fair food from sabotaging health and wellness goals.

One average, foods at the fair tend to have 500 to 1,000 calories per serving. For example, to burn off one caramel apple, one would have to walk 3.5 miles. Love corn dogs? One would have to walk 4.5 miles to burn off one of those.

Health experts recommend several tips before and during a day at the fair.

A few days before, one should increase physical activity and try to avoid "special occasion" foods. Dieticians also say stay hydrated and don't skip meals.

During the fair, dietitians recommend choosing one food to indulge, and continue hydration. Women need nine cups of fluid per day while men need 13 cups of fluid per day. Health experts also remind fair goers to walk as much as possible while on the fair grounds.

Believe it or not, there are several healthier options to choose from at the Iowa State Fair. Fair goers can find fruit-on-a-stick and baked potatoes, along with caramel apples. Pork chops on a stick and turkey tenderloins are among some of the healthier picks as well, in addition to an Iowa staple -- corn on the cob.
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