NDSU Extension - Mercer County


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Nourish Your Muscles for Strength and Mobility

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond, nutrition, exercise, muscle maintenance, health

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

A New Year, a time when many people have enacted New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthfully or lose weight. As people age, they may experience a loss of ability to do simple things, such as housework, bathing, walking and basic exercise.

We can delay and even prevent this loss as we age by understanding proper nutrition and exercise for our muscles. A recent study showed the number of cases of physical disability increased significantly as muscle mass decreased.

Impact the quality of your life today by learning how you can use nutrition and exercise to fuel your muscles and add more activity to your daily routine. Protein, carbohydrates, water and minerals all play an important part in growing and maintaining muscle mass. Proper and regular resistance training also is vital to keep muscle strength as we age.

If you’d like to make some changes in your diet or lifestyle to improve your muscles for better health, the North Dakota State University Extension Service can help. The Extension office in Mercer County is holding a class January 12, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Beulah Civic Center. 

This class is part of NDSU Extension’s 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 your local Extension office. Participating county Extension offices will have Facebook pages to interact with their clients, as well as Pinterest pins at “nourishboomers.”

Things you’ll learn about in January include plant and animal protein sources, the importance of hydration in workout performance, and goal setting for muscle maintenance.

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