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Nourish Your Mind and Body With Accurate Nutrition and Health Information

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Submitted by Dena Kemmet, Extension Agent/Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition and health information is available from a wide variety of sources, including medical health-care providers (doctors, dietitians), printed media (magazines, newspapers), social media (Facebook, blogs, twitter) and people (friends, family and celebrities).

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conducted a “trends” study in 2011 and found that TV, magazines and the Internet were the top sources of that information. Physicians, dietitians and others with health-related training were much less likely to be named.

Because of all of the information that’s available, be a little skeptical when you read or hear about nutrition and health. If the claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Be sure to visit with qualified health professionals, and check out the information. 

Don’t Get Scammed! Scams targeted at older Americans are on the rise and the trend is expected to continue. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the complaints and financial losses among baby boomers have skyrocketed during the last decade.

Scam artists are focusing on baby boomers because of their sheer numbers and financial status. Other reasons this group is more vulnerable to fraud include dependency on others, unfamiliarity with the Internet and its associated risks, and loneliness that makes them more likely to talk with strangers.

Many scams are associated with health care. The Better Business Bureau recently released a list of the top 10 scams. No. 1 for 2013 was a medical alert scam aimed at older adults.

Another type of health-care fraud is medical identity theft that occurs when a person steals your health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security number. One example of this type of fraud is scammers claiming to be with the government and trying to get personal information to issue a new Medicare card required by the health-care law.

If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to improve your health, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help. The Extension office in Mercer County is participating in the Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program. The program is designed to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. However, any adult can benefit from the information.

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond offers classes on a different topic each month. Participants will be able to take part in hands-on activities and discussions, and they’ll receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home.

Visit the program’s website at www.ndsu.edu/boomers if you aren’t able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session.

Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website or contacting the local Extension office at 873-5195. Participating county Extension offices have Facebook pages to interact with their clients, and recently added a page on Pinterest.

Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., NDSU Food and Nutrition Specialist

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