An article in the January ACE Fitness Journal showed that eating 21 grams of fiber a day may reduce depression. This study followed nearly 17,000 Americans and found that increasing your fiber intake by consuming more fiber rich grains, vegetables, fruit and beans may make you happier. The typical American eats about 15-18 g a day, but fiber can provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that improve brain function and can improve our gut. So, eating fiber makes your whole body happier - mind, body, and gut.
Source: ACE Fitness Journal, January 2019 | Volume 16 | Number 1
A common misconception heard from all age groups young and old, is that as people begin to age into their older adult years, it is time to relax. It might seem like the right thing to do, to reduce activities and physical exercise since the aging process slows us down and deteriorates muscles and bones. Some older adults have been inactive for quite some time or have certain disabilities or other health hindrances that make it harder to stay active. So it is understandable that older adults don’t do anything, right? WRONG! Removing physical exercise from one’s lifestyle and remaining inactive is far from good, and it will only increase disability and decrease one’s overall health, here is why.
Believe it or not, Oktoberfest starts in September! As the end of September nears and we head into October, try some of these great healthy recipe ideas to spice up your dishes and celebrate the upcoming Fall season. As harvest season approaches many people will be attending gatherings either with friends, family, co-workers, or planning seasonal meals for one. The USDA SNAP-Ed Connection has provided an appetizing and unique list of different dishes that will make great additions for those looking to cook up something this Fall. Some of these unique dishes include: honey mustard pork chops, stuffed summer squash, sweet and sour cabbage, dutch green beans and more!
Do you have a place to walk where you feel comfortable or safe? Sometimes the neighborhood we live in does not have a route to walk equipped with even sidewalks, good lighting, or light traffic. Maybe you don't walk because you feel that walking does not have a huge effect on your health. Believe it or not, walking small amounts provides many health benefits which increase the more you walk. This post will address some barriers that keep us from getting the outcomes we seek from walking, like having a safe place to get our steps in, getting improved health results from walking, as well as what we need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during our walks!
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
Healthy Aging Association, in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County will be hosting the 2nd Free Food Distribution at the Stanislaus Veterans Center.
This Free food distribution is for all Veterans and Seniors. Each attendee will walk away with over 20+ pounds of fruit, vegetables, and staple items.
We need your help to spread the word, this distribution is going to be on
Monday, January 29th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
at 3500 Coffee Road, Suite 15, Modesto 95355
For more information, please call the Healthy Aging Association at (209)525-4670
With the holiday spirit around the corner, here are some great recipes that will please the whole family.
Here are 5 tips we found while going through the Thanksgiving menu provided by the USDA!
Whatever you choose to eat, we hope you are surrounded by friends, family, or neighbors. We wish you a wonderful week and safe travels!
Author: Samantha Borba
With the holidays quickly approaching many people are thinking of ways to still make healthy eating choices and still be able to enjoy all of the delicious seasonal dishes they know and love. Here are some helpful tips from the American Heart Association on how to choose and prepare your favorite dishes and still be mindful of healthy food choices:
• Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation.
• Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
• Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories.
• Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served.
• Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
• Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients.
• Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.
The American Heart Association has compiled some important information regarding healthy choices and alternatives for holiday beverages, family meals, ways to stay active, and delicious recipes in their Holiday Healthy Eating Guide. Visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/holidays-healthy-eating-guide to download this helpful guide and navigate your way through the holiday season with healthful food choices.
Author: Jessica Shupp
Steps to Consider Prior to Exercising After an Injury/Illness
An injury/illness usually leaves an impact on our body, we tend to have less energy and lack the ability to do things we use to be able to do. I was just in a major accident and it has been hard for me to sit back and let my body heal before jumping back into exercise. No matter what age you are or what your physical abilities are, an injury or an illness takes time to heal. It is so important that you listen to your body through your recovery, we all know how joyful movement is but we need to ease into it to prevent further injury.
Please consider these steps prior to reintroducing exercise into your regular routine.
Author: Samantha Borba
Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
We love being healthy and sharing with the community how to be happy, healthy, and strong!
Samantha Borba, M.A.
Jessica Shupp, B.A.
Erlinda Bourcier, B.A.
Joanna Wong, B.A.
Jonathan Denney, B.A.
Kim Viviano, B.A.