March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

by Isabelle Workman Below are some tips from nutritionists to help inspire you to maintain healthy eating habits: 1. If you have leftover fruits and vegetables, chop them and add them to bags in the freezer. Then they don’t go bad or get thrown away, and you will have frozen fruits and veggies to use in smoothies, soups, or other recipes. 2. With hectic schedules, dinner time can get a little crazy. Get your kids to help prep salads. Encourage them to mix and match colors. 3. To ensure to meet your dairy and fruit recommendations, make daily smoothies with low fat yogurt and milk plus any fruits you have on hand. Dogs love smoothies too. 4. When making a peanut butter sandwich, add raisins for sweetness. 5. When heading out to lunch with friends, increase your vegetables by sharing an entree with someone and filling in with a side salad, steamed veggies, or a plain baked potato. 6. When making pasta, throw some frozen vegetables into the pasta water about halfway through cooking time. You get extra veggies and only one pot. 7. When going out to a restaurant, order appetizers a la carte. You will eat smaller portions and it is a lot...
Staying Fit Helps Prevent Dementia

Staying Fit Helps Prevent Dementia

by Isabelle Workman Studies in the US have found that getting adequate amounts of exercise can help improve brain health and prevent conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that nerve fibers in the brains of adults who are less physically active deteriorate more quickly than the nerve fibers for people who are physically fit. Over time, researchers say that degradation can lead to negative health outcomes like cognitive decline and memory loss – both of which are characteristics of dementia. Research shows that improving your fitness, improves your brain health and slows down the aging process. Evidence suggests that what is bad for your heart, is bad for your brain. So get moving and exercise – it will improve your heart health and your brain...
Keeping an Active Lifestyle

Keeping an Active Lifestyle

by Isabelle Workman 1. Get Social – get active with your friends. Instead of going out for lunch, go for a walk outside, go hiking, walk around the mall, or play an exercise themed video game. 2. Move More At Work – fit more activity into the workday. Stand during phone calls, use a printer farther from your desk, and get up and stretch and move around every hour. 3. Do Something New – develop a new skill to kickstart your motivation. Sign up for a dance class, hot yoga, or a cycle class – anything that keeps you moving. 4. Keep Cool In The Pool – Don’t like to sweat? Hit the local community pool for a swim, water aerobics class, or water polo. 5. Stay On Track – use a super tracker – USDA.Gov to track your activity and calories burned. You can sync your Fitbit for easy entry and join a challenge for friendly...
Seafood Health Benefits

Seafood Health Benefits

by Isabelle Workman Seafood contains a range of nutrients, notably the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Eating about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood contributes to the prevention of heart disease. The healthiest seafood varieties consumed in the United States are: salmon, anchovies, sardines, shrimp, pacific oysters, trout, Atlantic and Pacific mackerel. The health benefits from seafood act as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They also contain the necessary enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. In addition, they contain B vitamins which help play a vital role in the function of the nervous systems, and aid in the formation of red blood cells. Seafood contains iron, magnesium, and zinc. Eating 8 ounces per week of seafood will make a much healthier...
Why is Physical Activity Important?

Why is Physical Activity Important?

by Isabelle Workman Being physically active can help: 1. Increase your chance of living longer. 2. Feel better about yourself. 3. Decrease your chance of becoming depressed. 4. Sleep well at night. 5. Move around more easily. 6. Have stronger muscles and bones. 7. Stay at or get to a healthy weight. 8. Be with friends or meet new people. 9. Enjoy yourself and have...
Stay Warm with Winter Workouts

Stay Warm with Winter Workouts

by Isabelle Workman 1. Join a walking group in the neighborhood or at the local shopping mall. Recruit a partner for support and encouragement. 2. Push a baby or grandbaby in a stroller. 3. Walk up and down the soccer or softball field, while watching your kids or grand kids play. 4. Get the whole family involved – enjoy a bike ride with your kids or grandkids. 5. Walk the dog. 6. Walk, skate, or cycle more. 7. Do stretches, exercises, or pedal while watching television. 8. Plant and care for a vegetable or flower garden. 9. Play with your kids or grandkids. 10. Exercise to a workout...