Be Your Best in 2022 and Beyond

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Looking to start 2022 in a ‘new way?’ Here are some changes you can incorporate. Not only can these stretches and exercises help you feel better, increase your stamina and promote a healthier you, but they will improve your balance and safety. These recommendations are for everyone! Some of the activities may be challenging but you can modify them to your needs. You owe it to yourself to take the time for “YOU.” Here is the link https://www.livestrong.com/article/13731002-best-core-exercises-for-beginners/ to help you be your best in 2022 and beyond! Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!     Kim Runge RN

Weekly Health Message – Does the AHA recommend a Mediterranean-style diet?

Weekly Health Message – Does the AHA recommend a Mediterranean-style diet?

“Mediterranean diet” is a generic term based on the traditional eating habits in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

A Mediterranean-style diet can help you achieve the American Heart Association’s recommendations for a healthy dietary pattern that:

  • Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes.
  • Includes low-fat or fat-free dairy products, fish, poultry, non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts; and
  • Limits added sugars, sugary beverages, sodium, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and fatty or processed meats.

This style of eating can play a big role in preventing heart disease and stroke and reducing risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There is evidence that a Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil help the body remove excess cholesterol from arteries and keep blood vessels open.

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/docs/UpdatedPatientEd/Mediterraneandiet.pdf