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A New Year…A New You

Improving Your Health One Change at a Time

By Carol Witte, RDN, Director of Nutrition  Services and Senior Centers

Each new year, health and fitness goals top the chart for New Year’s resolutions. People are living longer due to making healthy lifestyle changes. Try these tips for a healthier you:

  1. Drink one more glass of water every day.
  2. Walk 10 minutes longer every week. Park farther from the grocery store entrance. Try taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
  3. Focus on healthy eating instead of weight loss. Make good choices that will lead you to improve your well-being. Choose foods which provide the nutrients you need to keep your muscles, bones, organs and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. Healthy eating may also help you control your blood pressure, keep your cholesterol at safe levels and manage your diabetes. Look for more foods to include rather than foods to avoid. Our latest survey results show that individuals who eat at our Activity & Dining Centers or receive Meals on Wheels feel they are eating healthier and including more protein, meat and vegetables in their diet.
  4. Slow down when you eat. Allow your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. Put your fork down between bites.
  5. Keep it positive! Appreciate the little things in life like sunshine in the winter, a friendly smile, a beautiful sky, a warm home and a good meal. Find something good in each day.
  6. Make a New Year’s resolution to come to one of our Activity & Dining Centers for delicious and nutritious meals. There are also many smiles and activities at our centers to brighten those winter days.