Article by Yesenia Alvarado, Nutrition Intern
While maintaining a well-balanced diet is essential for good health, engaging in physical activity and living an active lifestyle is also imperative for overall good health. Getting the proper exercise is important for people of all ages. However, it is especially necessary for seniors to keep their bodies moving! As we age, not only do our bodies begin to slow down but so do our energy levels and other aspects of our health. Exercise is a healthy habit to acquire and will bring forth prosperous benefits for the individual.
For seniors in particular, it is important to encompass these 4 specific types of exercises: strength training, endurance exercises, flexibility exercises, and balance exercises. These exercises will improve overall coordination and strength, which in turn will help maintain or lose weight, reduce the risks of illness and/or disease and may also help reduce the risk of falling.
When we think of exercise, we usually focus on the physical benefits that we gain from it. While being physically fit is necessary to keep ourselves healthy, being mentally fit is just as important if not more. Exercise boosts energy levels and helps keep the brain active. Giving our brain some exercise allows it to sharpen its skills and to our benefit, can lessen memory loss and any form of cognitive decline (i.e, Alzheimer’s disease). The endorphins that are released during exercise send off ‘feel good’ signals to the body and in return allows for the individual to actually feel better and have a boost in mood!
Whether you’re already in good shape or don’t usually engage in any exercise activities, it is never too late to start. Physical activity is a great asset to living a healthy, well-balanced life!
Be sure to consult your doctor first, when selecting an exercise program.
To learn more about exercise and get some tips please visit: http://www.helpguide.org/life/senior_fitness_sports.htm
By Yesenia Alvarado,
There is much to celebrate throughout this month. Not only is March National Nutrition Month but it has recently marked the establishment of a new rule that was implented by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Under this rule, raw ground or chopped meat and poultry labels will now include a nutrition facts panel.
Providing nutrition labels on meat and poultry will allow for consumers to make more conscious food choices when comparing the different types of selections within the market. Previous labels stating meats to be “90% lean” were vague, often leaving a shopper with many unanswered questions as to what the claim meant. Fortunately, these questions can now be answered with a thorough label stating the nutrient content of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, as well as the calorie count appropriate to the serving size, which the USDA has currently set it at 4 ounces.
It is important to take note of what you are buying and moreso, to what is appropriate to your needs. This nutrition labeling policy is sure to make your next grocery trip run a lot smoother. Read the facts and decide for yourself on which cut of meat you wish to eat!
To learn more about the USDA’s new policy on meat and poultry labeling please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/15-12.pdf
Related topics: nutrition, food safety, USDA
Placement of Food Facts determine whether you will read them, according to a new study. Set aside a few extra minutes to locate and really read through the content of the Nutrition Facts label placed on the foods you are purchasing. It is likely that you will have second thoughts about some of the foods you are placing in your pantry!
This is an New Eye-Tracking Study Published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
To Your Health,
Yesenia is Nutrition Intern at Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego. She currently is completing her studies at San Diego Statue University through the MOW University program sponsored by LPL Financial.
How often do you take the time to read the Nutrition Facts Panel found on the food items you purchase? While it is very important to be aware of the type of foods you bring home, a recent study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, revealed that many consumers only briefly peruse through the Nutrition labels found on our foods. The study further revealed that while very little attention is given to the labels placed on our groceries, consumers focused primarily on what is found on the top half of the labels which consists of calorie count, total fat, trans-fat, sugar content and serving size. Unfortunately, the contents of sodium, calcium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and other nutritional components are often overlooked, which are all key aspects in maintaining good nutrition.
Set aside a few extra minutes on your next trip to the grocery store to thoroughly read through the content of the Nutrition Facts label placed on the foods you are purchasing. It is likely that you will have second thoughts about some of the foods you are placing in your pantry!
For further assistance regarding food nutrition labels visit eatright.org!
The original article appeared in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Volume 111, Issue 11 (November 2011) published by Elsevier.