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March is National Nutrition Month

MediLodge of Howell celebrates National Nutrition Month and encourages you to incorporate healthier food in to your diet. Nutrition involves monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition is important for living a healthy lifestyle. By practicing proper nutrition, you can have a healthy body and long life. There are some things you should know about nutrition and the information in this article can help you with a few tips to show you just how easy it is to incorporate good nutrition into your life.

We eat vegetables both cooked and raw. Which is better? Raw vegetables have their advocates. But current studies show that most vegetables have higher nutritional value and are more digestible when cooked. Carrots and cabbage are tasty eaten raw, but many vegetables are palatable only when cooked. Steaming is the best method to retain food value.

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

Seniors can live longer, stay sharp mentally longer and maintain a high quality of life longer, with good nutrition every day. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables help keep bones stronger, which reduces the risk of fractures. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables can also reduce recuperation times in the event a fracture occurs.

Introduce food to your young children gradually. If they are small, expect them to want to touch and smell the food first. Don’t chide then for doing this, or they may have a negative impression of the food and refuse to eat it. Help them to get a grasp on the color, texture, and smell of the food.

As stated earlier, nutrition includes monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition keeps people healthy and proper nutrition is essential for a long life. Using the information in this article, you can practice proper nutrition and live a long and healthy life.


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Tips To Help Incorporate Exercise Into Your Life

exerciseMediLodge of Sterling is happy to share this helpful article on working exercise into your daily routine.

About 80 percent of Americans don’t make exercise a regular habit, and, according to a recent American Heart Association website survey, 14 percent say they don’t like exercise. So how do you overcome an exercise aversion? Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has some tips to help you incorporate exercise into your life – and maybe even learn to like it.
1. Find an exercise that best fits your personality, Dr. Carnethon said. If you are social person, do something that engages you socially – take a group exercise class, join a kickball team or walk with a group of friends. Or, if you prefer having time alone, walking or jogging solo might be a better fit for you. is the perfect way to connect with others who share your goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies. Try some of these ideas to help you get moving – at home, at work or at play.
2. Make it a Habit. It takes about three weeks for something to become a habit, so give yourself the time to create a regular routine. One way is to try to exercise around the same time each day. “Exercise can become addictive in a positive way,” said Dr. Carnethon, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “Once it becomes a habit, you’ll notice when you aren’t doing something.”

3. Build Exercise Into Your Lifestyle. Be honest with yourself. If you don’t live close to a gym, it’s not going to become a habit for you. Likewise, if you are not a morning person, don’t plan on somehow getting up at the crack of dawn to make a boot camp class. “The key is building activity into your lifestyle so it is not disruptive,” Dr. Carnethon said. There are many ways to fit exercise into your life, and it doesn’t mean you have to make a big financial investment. You can borrow exercise videos from the library or DVR an exercise program. Do weight or resistance training with items around your home (for example, use canned goods as light weights). Walking is great option, as well. The only investment is a good pair of shoes.

4. Do Bouts of Exercise. It’s OK to break up your physical activity into smaller segments, Dr. Carnethon said. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes a day of exercise most days, but if that sounds overwhelming, try three 10-minute workout sessions. You could do a quick calisthenics routine when you wake up, take a brief walk after lunch at work and, if you commute with public transportation, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.

5. Keep Going. If you miss a day or a workout, don’t worry about it. Everybody struggles once in a while. Just make sure you get back at it the next day. “It doesn’t take too long to get back on track,” Dr. Carnethon said. “It’s easy to make something a habit again. You will see same benefits before. Any little bit you can fit in will show benefits.”


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Healthy Lifestyle Tips from MediLodge of Taylor

by Kathleen Kadau, RD, MediLodge of Taylor

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has healthy eating tips focusing on older adults.  It is part of their campaign promoting informed food choices and developing positive eating and physical activity habits.  Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2013 with these tips.

Taylor Healthy Tips

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas.  Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count.  Choose “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added” canned vegetables.  Buy fruits that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100% juice, as well as fresh fruits.

• Make at least half your grains whole

Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.  Look for fiber- rich cereals to help stay regular.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese

Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones healthy.  Include three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese each day.  If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage.

• Vary your protein choices

Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts, and beans and peas, as well as fish, lean meat, poultry and eggs.

• Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars

Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy.  Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers.  Add spices or herbs to season food without adding salt.  Make major sources of saturated fats such as desserts, pizza, cheese, sausages and hot dogs occasional choices, not every day foods.  Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.  Drink water instead of sugary drinks.  Select fruit for dessert.  Eat sugary desserts less often.

• Enjoy your food but eat less

Most older adults need fewer calories than in younger years.  Avoid oversized portions.  Try using a smaller plate, bowl and glass.  Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.  When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.  Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  When portions are large, share a meal or take half home for later.  Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

• Be physically active your way

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can.  Every bit adds up and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.  If you are currently inactive, start with a few minutes of activity such as walking.  Gradually increase the minutes as you become stronger.

Just seven simple steps to bring you closer to looking and feeling your best.

Good Luck!



Balance Problems? Discovering Symptoms & Solutions with MediLodge

from The Therapy Department


Have you ever felt dizzy, light-headed, or as if the room was spinning around you?  These can be very troublesome sensations.  If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem.  Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor.

Balance Problems

Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you are moving are remaining still.  An intact sense of balance helps you walk without staggering, get up from a chair without falling, climb stairs without tripping and bend over without falling, to name just a few important examples.


Good balance is important to help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.  People are more likely to have problems with balance as they get older.  But age is not the only reason these problems occur; there are other causes too.  In some cases, you can help reduce your risk for certain balance problems.


Some balance disorders are caused by problems in the inner ear.  The part of the inner ear that is responsible for balance is the labyrinth.  When the labyrinth becomes infected or swollen, this condition is called labyrinthitis.  It is typically accompanied by vertigo and imbalance.  Upper respiratory infections and other viral infections (and less commonly, bacterial infections), can lead to labyrinthitis.


Diseases of the circulatory system, such as stroke, can cause dizziness and other balance problems.  Smoking and diabetes can increase the risk of stroke.  Low blood pressure can also cause dizziness.


Balance problems can also result from taking certain medications.  For example, some medications, such as those that help lower blood pressure, can make a person feel dizzy.  Ototoxic drugs are medicines that damage the inner ear.  Sometimes the damage lasts only as long as you take the drug; other times it is permanent.  Some antibiotics are ototoxic.  If your medicine is ototoxic, you may feel off balance.  Check with your doctor if you notice a problem while taking a medication.


Your diet and lifestyle can help you manage certain balance-related problems.  For example, Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo and other balance and hearing problems, is linked to a change in the volume of fluid in the inner ear.  By eating low-sodium or salt-free foods, you can make Meniere’s disease symptoms less severe.  Balance problems due to high blood pressure can be managed by eating less salt, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.


The ear infection called otitis media is common in children, but adults can get it too. You can help prevent otitis media by washing your hands frequently. Also, talk to your doctor about getting a yearly flu shot to stave off flu-related ear infections. If you still get an ear infection, see a doctor immediately before it becomes more serious.


(Information for this article from NIH Senior Health)

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