March is National Nutrition Month®, and what better time to focus on making informed food choices and improving your overall well-being? 

As we get older, it becomes even more crucial to pay attention to our nutrition and lifestyle habits- and for many that’s where the expertise and advice of our Registered Dietitians at Gary and Mary West PACE is a treasured resource! If you’re not familiar, PACE stands for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, and it’s designed to provide comprehensive healthcare and support services for seniors who want to remain independent and active in their communities. 

So, whether you’re already a member of Gary and Mary West PACE , considering joining, or just  someone looking for tips on how to improve their overall eating and well-being- here are some simple yet effective nutrition tips to keep you feeling your best: 

  1. Opt for Nutrient-Rich Foods: As we age, our bodies need fewer calories but more essential nutrients. Focus on incorporating foods rich in vitamins and minerals into your meals, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. These foods provide vital nutrients to support your health. 
  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough fluids is crucial for overall health, especially as we age. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and consider including other hydrating options like herbal tea, low-sodium broth-based soups, fruits, and vegetables.  
  1. Practice Mindful Eating: Pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Eat slowly, savor each bite, and stop when you feel satisfied. This can help prevent overeating and promote better digestion. 
  1. Stay Active: Along with proper nutrition, regular physical activity is essential for staying healthy and independent. Find activities that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, or gentle yoga, and make them a regular part of your routine. 
  1. Seek Expert Advice: If you have specific dietary concerns or health conditions, don’t hesitate to seek guidance from healthcare professionals, including our dietitians at Gary and Mary West PACE. They can provide personalized advice and support to help you meet your nutrition goals. 

Remember, it’s never too late to prioritize your health and well-being. By making small, positive changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can enjoy a happier, healthier life. So, let’s make this National Nutrition Month® one to remember – join Gary and Mary West PACE on the journey to better health! 

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