Congratulations Senior Center Gang…You’ve started off the New Year on the right foot! With our new “Health and Wellness”
Program for 2013 our focus last month was on “Setting Wellness Goals”. It was very apparent to me that staying healthy, strong and independent was on the top of your list of goals for the new year. We’ve had record-setting numbers for attendance in all of our fitness classes. Many of you tried YOGA and Water Aerobics for the first time. It truly is an amazing and gratifying feeling to not only “Try New Things” but also accomplish your goals. WAY TO GO!!! I am soooo proud of you!!! Keep up the good work!

We are continuing with our “Health and Wellness” Program for 2013 at the senior center by focusing this month on “Heart Health.” The entire month of February will be devoted to “Protecting Your Heart.” We have a Guest Speaker in the Health Field will be presenting pertinent information regarding this subject and addressing any questions you may have at the senior center. One very important component to a Healthy Heart is Good Nutrition and for this reason, I’ve decided to try out some new “Heart Healthy” recipes with my seniors. Not only will we be eating heart-healthy recipes, but we’re also going to kick it up a notch with our Cardio Routine. Another important factor in “Protecting Your Heart” is reducing stress. This can be quite challenging for some of us. If you happen to be a little stressed out with life may I suggest you try a YOGA class. Yoga is excellent for relaxing the mind and body. Here are a few more pointers for “Protecting Your Heart”;

1. Partner with your doctor. Discuss your risks for heart disease and heart attack and what you can do to reduce them.

2. Aim for a healthy weight. Excess weight increases your chance of developing heart disease.

3. Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products. Avoid secondhand smoke as well.

4. Have fatty fish – such as salmon or mackerel – at least twice a week for its heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Get active. Strengthen and condition your heart by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Aerobic activities, such as brisk walking, bicycling and swimming, are best for heart health.

6. Control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Have recommended screenings on time.

7. Handle stress in healthy ways. To calm yourself quickly, take several deep breaths.

8. Choose a heart-smart diet that’s high in fiber and low in saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, and salt.

9. If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.

10. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and heart disease, and don’t ignore them.

Looking forward to love, laughter and your participation at the senior center.