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Health Brief

March 16, 2021

Wow - we made it through the “Ides of March”. March is National Nutrition Month.

There has been much research on the importance of nutrition and maintaining our health. Especially, when it comes to heart health. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is popular with cardiologists and primary care practitioners. The DASH diet encourages you to reduce sodium (salt) and eat a variety of nutrient rich foods that help lower blood pressure.

Diets also play a role in helping the brain’s ability to think and remember. One study is a showing promising evidence that foods may prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease. This diet is called the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish and other seafood. It also includes using, low amounts of red meats, eggs and sweet treats. It stresses cooking with unsaturated fats and oils such as olive oil. Remember, unsaturated oils are pourable at room temperature. In the near future you may be hearing more about a variation of this diet called the MIND diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay). Here too, you load up on vegetables (especially dark green leafy varieties), make berries your dessert, snack on nuts (instead of chips), and consider meat free proteins with fish at least once a week.

Have you noticed the new Nutrition Fact Labels? They are so much easier to read. The Nutrition Fact Label will help you make healthy food choices throughout the day. The top of the label clearly shows the serving size and the total number of servings found in the package. Pay attention to this value as all the information that follows is based on this serving size. You can use Nutrition Fact Labels to compare foods and choose the one that best meets the dietary recommendations your Health Care Provider would like you to follow.

Mark your calendars

  • March 25th: Mind Over Matter orientation - class full
  • March 29th: Experts in Arthritis Health talk. 2:00-3:00 pm (NEW TIME)
  • March 31st: A Matter of Steppin’ UP fall prevention class. (3 slots remain)
  • Coming Soon: Silver Sneakers Ener-Chi: A Tai-Chi/ Qigong based fitness practice.
  • April 6th: Toe Nail Trimmers - By appointment. Great News! We have spots available.
  • April 20th: Hearing Aid Tune Up clinic. 9-11:00 am (spots available)

Please Call the Revitalize Wellness office to register 414/ 259-4681.

A few “Dad” jokes

  • What has four wheels and flies? - A Garbage Truck
  • What’s worse than an octopus with tennis elbow? - A Centipede with Athlete’s Foot
  • How do celebrities stay cool? - They have lots of Fans

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