As you get older, you may not be as active as you used to be.Posted 12/20/13
Maybe you don’t feel like cooking, so you eat out more, but you’re wondering if what you eat is healthy. Or perhaps you’ve developed health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or you have trouble seeing.
You’re not alone. Half of North Dakotans 65 and older have arthritis, nearly one in three has impaired vision and one in five has diabetes. Nearly 90 percent aren’t involved in much physical activity, 42 percent are overweight, 24 percent are obese and 57 percent have high blood pressure.
If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help. NDSU Extension developed a program called Nourishing Boomers and Beyond to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.
You’ll be able to attend a series of monthly classes that focus on a different topic each time.
The first class, set for January 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. underneath the NDSU Extension office, in the basement of the county building in Killdeer, ND, and it will focus on nutrition tips and physical activities to nourish and exercise your muscles.
Other classes will be on how to keep your eyes, heart, brain, digestive system, skin, bones and joints healthy; how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet; how to sort out fact from fiction in claims for health products or services; where to go for reliable health and nutrition information; and mental health and dealing with stress.
You’ll receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home. If you aren’t able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, visit the program website at www.ndsu.edu/boomers.
You can sign up for a free monthly emailed newsletter at the website.
For more information about the first class contact Janet Wanek, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Science Agent at 701-764-5593.
The project was supported by the Rural Health & Safety Education Competitive Grant Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2013-46100-21467.