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Put-in-Bay Senior Center News February 2013

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 at 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 have tried YOGA and Water Aerobics for the first time. It truly is an excellent and gratifying feeling to “Try New Things” and accomplish your goals. WAY TO GO!!! I am so proud of you!!! Keep up the good work!

We are continuing 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 who will present pertinent information regarding this subject and address any questions you may have at the senior center. One critical component of a Healthy Heart is Good Nutrition, so 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’ll also kick it up a notch with our Cardio Routine. Another critical factor in “Protecting Your Heart” is reducing stress. This can be pretty challenging for some of us. If you are a little stressed out with life, 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”;

Senior Center News February 2013 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 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.


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