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Eat Healthy

The food that we consume provides the nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support every system and function within our bodies.  The better we support our bodies with healthy, wholesome foods, the better health we will enjoy throughout our lives.  Healthy food choices include fruits, vegetables, whole grain foods, low-fat milk products, and lean meats, poultry, and fish. Choosing a variety of foods everyday makes healthy eating fun and ensures that you are getting the variety of nutrients that you need.

With so much information available about what to eat, it may seem confusing to decide what is best. For generalized guidelines for older adults, you can find a collection of menus and recipes here. These sample menus are intended to illustrate healthy eating patterns, and to give ideas for planning nutritious meals and snacks. For a more specific and personalized guide, try the MyPyramid website.  Here, you can get a quick estimate or an in-depth assessment of how much you need to eat. You can create an account and log your progress online.

Visit the Eat Healthy section of our website for more information.

Be Active

At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, on most, and preferably all, days of the week is recommended for older people.  This amount is needed to help protect us from or manage chronic diseases and to support overall good health.  Being active for longer time periods or at higher intensities can provide even greater health benefits, however, if you haven’t been active regularly, starting out gradually is a good idea. 

Regular exercise helps manage your weight, control your blood pressure, decrease your risk of heart attack, boost "good" cholesterol, lower your risk of stroke, reduce your risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes, avoid your need for gallstone surgery, and protect against hip fractures.

Visit the Be Active section of our website for more information.

Get Checked

Aging well means regular check-ups.  By detecting a health problem early,the chances of successfully treating an illness or managing a chronic health problem increase greatly.  Getting checked and screened for various diseases is essential and has health-promoting and life-saving benefits.

Recommended screening and testing guidelines for older adults can be found at: LWAW getchecked.htm.

Visit the Get Checked section of our website for more information.

Be Smoke Free

Living a smoke free life adds quantity and quality to your health. If you once smoked, and have quit, you will be benefit from that accomplishment for the rest of your life. If have not yet quit, but decide to stop RIGHT NOW, you will start to reap the benefits immediately.

  • In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
  • In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  • In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  • In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
  • In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
  • In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
  • In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
  • In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

Visit the Be Smoke Free section of our website for more information.

Be Positive

There are many aspects to aging well. They aren’t just physical.  We must also take care of our emotional and spiritual needs in order to live well. Each of us may have a different way of tending to these needs but we may all agree it is about “being positive.”

Staying positive is easier with help from family and friends. Set goals, take small steps, find a partner, celebrate your success, appeal to a higher power, and keep your eyes on the prize of good health.

Visit the Be Positive section of our website for more information.

 

Site last reviewed: March 25, 2013

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