LIVE LONG - LIVE HEALTHY
Eating a balanced diet and staying active are keys to good health.
Diet: Choose your food wisely and get the most out of your calories. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and fat free or low fat milk products. Eat less fat, sugar, and salt.
Exercise: Find an activity that you enjoy and a buddy to help you stay motivated. Simple activities like walking, gardening, cleaning, dancing, or swimming all count as exercise.
Start small and aim for 20 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. You can even break the 20 minutes down into smaller chunks like 5 minutes 4 times a day.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine.
OCTOBER IS THE TIME TO COMPARE YOUR MEDICARE D PLAN
October will be here before you know it!! Your health, finances, or coverage needs may have changed in the last year. Compare your health and prescription drug coverage to other coverage to see if there is a better choice for you.
Look at your "Medicare & You" handbook when you get it in the mail next month. It has important information about plans in your area. If you are already in a plan, the plan will send you information about your coverage and costs for next year. Be sure to review all of the information available to you to make sure you are in a plan that meets your needs.
EATING RIGHT FOR OLDER ADULTS
Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Start with the following recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
A HEALTHY EATING PLAN:
* Emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
* Includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
* Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars
MAKE YOUR CALORIES COUNT:
* The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients - and lower in calories.
FOCUS ON VARIETY:
Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned.. Include more dark green and orange vegetables. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.
KNOW YOUR FATS:
Look for foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR FITNESS AND HEALTH:
Balancing physical activity and a healthful diet is your best recipe for managing weight and promoting overall health and fitness.