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Seniors

Nourish Your Joints

Nourish Your Joints - FN1489

Most of us experience some joint stiffness during seasonal changes. However, degenerative diseases such as arthritis can inhibit daily activities.

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Eating For Your Eye Health

Eating For Your Eye Health - FN709

We cannot change our genetic inheritance, but we can exercise and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

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Accurate Health Information

Nourish Your Mind and Body With Accurate Health Information: How to Sort Fact From Fiction - FN1697

We’re all bombarded with information about nutrition and/or health in magazines and newspapers, and on TV and online through social media, blogs and YouTube videos. Also, family and friends might share information with us. With all this information, how do we separate fact from fiction? What are the clues to reliable health information in today’s fast-paced world? This publication will help you sort through the vast amount of nutrition and health-related information that is available.

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Finding the Truth II

Finding the Truth II: Are Popular Nutrition and Health Information Sources Reliable? - FN600

We’re all bombarded with information about nutrition and health. This publication will explore a few popular nutrition information sources and ways to determine if information is reliable.

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Reliable Nutrition and Health Information

Finding the Truth I: Reliable Nutrition and Health Information - FN569

It is impossible to keep up with each new study, fad, fraud, cure, exposé, warning or hope that is being promoted or reported by someone. We can, however, build ourselves a box of tools to help us analyze these claims. This publication will give you a head start in making a rational decision about the nutrition and health information you see.

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Nourish Your Muscles

Nourish Your Muscles - FN1678

The maintenance of your muscles plays a major role in healthy aging. By taking care of your muscles, you can impact your quality of life now and in the future. The proteins in our bodies continuously are being broken down and replaced. Protein is essential to life and needs to be consumed at each meal.

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Sodium

Sodium - FN1612

Sodium is a chemical element naturally found in our bodies and in the foods we consume in the form of sodium chloride (NaCl), or table salt. Sodium is very important because it regulates fluid balance and generates electrical signals for nerve and muscle functions in our bodies. When we eat too much sodium, our body retains more water to maintain the proper fluid balance, resulting in high blood pressure, or hypertension. When this occurs, sodium does more harm than good to a person’s health status.

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Nourish Your Digestive System

Nourish Your Digestive System - FN1606

Our large intestine (colon) is home to 100 trillion “friendly” bacteria. These bacteria help defend us against disease, make certain vitamins such as vitamin K, and help break down extra food residue that remains after digestion in the small intestine. This process is known as fermentation. Our bacteria can become imbalanced due to stress, diarrhea, changes in diet and antibiotics. Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, probiotics and prebiotics can help our bacteria stay within a healthy balance.

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Rate Your Fiber Fitness FN-1458

Rate Your Fiber Fitness - FN1458

Fiber isn’t a “miracle food,”but adding fiber-rich foods to your diet can have health benefits. The National Cancer Institute suggests that foods high in fiber may be protective against some cancers, particularly colon cancer. Although the National Cancer Institute recommends getting 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Soluble fiber (found in oats, dry edible beans, barley and fruits) helps lower blood cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Insoluble fiber (found in wheat bran, whole-wheat products and vegetables) helps prevent ulcers, constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis. High fiber foods usually are low in calories and many are inexpensive, too.

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Walk This Way

Walk This Way - FN578

Regular physical activity helps protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors: hypertension, obesity and diabetes mellitus. It also can reduce risk of osteoporosis, reduce stress and improve sleep and overall mood. This publication shares tips on walking to get fit and stay healthy. It includes a sample walking program.

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Answers That Can Save Your Life

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Prevention & Screening Answers That Can Save Your Life - FN634

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in North Dakota. The North Dakota Cancer Coalition estimates that about 400 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year.

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Seniors and Food Safety: When Grandparents Take Care of Grandchildren

Seniors and Food Safety: When Grandparents Take Care of Grandchildren - FN703

Many of the feeding practices you used with your own children may no longer be advocated for today’s infants and toddlers. Let’s take a look at the food safety implications of feeding a special new person in your life.

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Seniors and Food Safety: When Someone Else is the Cook

Seniors and Food Safety: When Someone Else is the Cook - FN702

Let’s face it. Sometimes letting someone else do the cooking is just easier and more enjoyable. And today’s seniors have many eating options. However, all of these options do have food safety implications.

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Seniors and Food Safety: What's Cooking?

Seniors and Food Safety: What's Cooking? - FN701

Prevent foodborne illness with these four simple steps to prepare food safely at home.

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Seniors and Food Safety: What's a Senior to Eat?

Seniors and Food Safety: What's a Senior to Eat? - FN699

Smart food choices can help reduce the risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. These are the leading cause of death and disability among Americans.

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Seniors and Food Safety: Why are Seniors at Risk for Foodborne Illness?

Seniors and Food Safety: Why are Seniors at Risk for Foodborne Illness? - FN698

James L. Smith, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wanted to find the answer to the question of why seniors are more at risk for foodborne illness. He reviewed data from foodborne outbreaks at nursing homes, and compared the immune and digestive systems of seniors and younger individuals, as well as evaluating the overall physical well-being of seniors.

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Walking: Select the Right Shoes FN-603

Walking:Select The Right Shoes - FN603

Program walking is a great way to add some physical activity for improved health and well-being. Shoes worn during walking need to feel good on the feet and provide adequate support for both the feet and your skeletal structure. Evaluation of individual walking patterns will assist with selecting the right shoes and help make walking an enjoyable experience.

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Seniors and Food Safety: To Market, To Market

Seniors and Food Safety: To Market, To Market - FN700

This publication provides you with tips to prevent foodborne illness, beginning with the trip to the supermarket and ending with the proper temperatures the food should be cooked.

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Have a Healthy Heart (Condensed)

Have a Healthy Heart - FN589 - Condensed Version

Have you thought about your heart lately? On average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day, pumping nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Taking this hard-working group of muscles for granted can be easy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. This is the condensed version of the 8 page FN589, "Have a Healthy Heart".

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Have a Healthy Heart

Have a Healthy Heart - FN589

On average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day, pumping nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Taking this hard-working group of muscles for granted can be easy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The purpose of this publication is to increase awareness of heart disease risk factors for women and ways for everyone to improve heart health through lifestyle choices. Having regular checkups and discussing any health-related issues with your physician or health-care provider is important.

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