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Best Diets for Older Adults

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Mar 14, 2017 10:12:01 AM

Going on a diet is a perennial New Year’s resolution. No surprise as we continually hear about the obesity epidemic facing our country.

But all of us, regardless of shape, size and age, are on a diet. Diet is what we eat and drink daily to stay alive and active.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

What’s the Deal About Gluten?

Posted by Sue Campbell, RD, LD on Mar 7, 2017 8:50:42 AM

Gluten-free (GF) diets are definitely all the rage right now. People blame gluten for myriad disorders,  ranging from arthritis and asthma to multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. However, there is little evidence supporting gluten as the cause or answer to any of these problems. Gluten-free diets also have not been effective for the purpose of losing weight. Many have become skeptical of the gluten-free diet, because it is viewed as simply the most recent diet trend.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Eat Well for a Healthy Heart

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 21, 2017 7:44:50 AM

Of course, you want a healthy heart. One of the best things you can do to keep your heart in shape is to pay attention to what you eat and drink.   

“The role of diet is crucial in the development and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Diet is one of the key things you can change that will impact all other cardiovascular risk factors,” explains the World Heart Federation.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

The Benefits of a Healthy Breakfast

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Feb 2, 2017 9:01:14 AM

School-age children, older adults and everybody in between have all heard that starting the day with breakfast is a healthy habit.

But why is breakfast good for you? And, more importantly, what is a healthy breakfast?

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Mindfulness and Meditation Improve Brain Health

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Jan 24, 2017 12:18:22 PM

Many of us try to include “brain food” in our daily diet. Blueberries, oatmeal, wild salmon, avocados and other foods have properties that may help improve memory, ward off dementia and improve overall cognitive health, researchers have found.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Start the New Year with a Fitness Plan

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 29, 2016 9:01:00 AM

Every New Year, more than ⅓ of Americans make a resolution to stay fit and healthy and another third plan to lose weight.  But research shows that only 8 percent of all people who make a resolution actually keep it.  

Could 2017 be the year you stick with a fitness plan?

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Improve Your Life by Stretching

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 23, 2016 3:27:33 PM

Runners, tennis players and other fitness enthusiasts know the importance of stretching, but stretching really is for every body.

Even if you shun exercise, stretching should be as routine as brushing your teeth.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

Exercise Ideas to Relax the Mind

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Dec 15, 2016 10:04:00 AM

Those two words are familiar ones that most of us have said and heard countless times.

But just willing it to be so doesn’t necessarily do the trick. Relaxing can be hard work.

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Topics: Healthy Aging

Taking Your Exercise Routine to the Next Level

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Nov 17, 2016 5:01:47 PM

In my late 20s I fell in love with running. I felt fit, physically and mentally. Never fast, I was always faithful to running at least a couple miles a day. But by my early 50s, my clothes began to feel tight, so I ran longer and further. Still the pounds kept coming.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Active Lifestyle

Balance Basics for Fall Prevention

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Nov 10, 2016 5:28:17 PM

Most of us seek various degrees of balance in our daily life. We look for evenness in work and play, solitude and human contact, rest and activity. We try to eat a balanced diet, maintain a balanced checkbook, and keep our balance as we physically move.

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Topics: Healthy Aging, Retirement Community

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