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Nourishing Boomers and Beyond Being Offered Again

Nourishing Boomers and Beyond, aging strategies, nutrition and overall wellness education, healthy lifestyle

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

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month!

Mercer County is offering a repeat of the Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program, the program that provides North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. New individuals are welcome to join the class and past participants can use this opportunity to take in a topic they may have missed. The program will go through July 2015.

As we age, we may not be as active as we once were. Maybe we have put on a few extra pounds, or we've developed health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes. North Dakota State University Extension Service created Nourishing Boomers and Beyond to provide nutrition and overall wellness education and online support to help adults sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Extension agents will hold monthly classes in many rural North Dakota counties beginning this month. Each class will focus on one topic, such as how to keep your eyes healthy; how to keep your heart, brain, muscles, digestive system, skin, bones and joints healthy; how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet; how to sort fact from fiction in claims for health products or services; where to go for reliable health and nutrition information; and how to deal with stress and mental health issues.

Visit http://www.ndsu.edu/boomers to see local Nourishing Boomers and Beyond class information. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter and check out the self-paced online content.

Classes include hands-on activities and time for discussion. Participants will receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes.

If you aren't able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, you can visit the program's website at http://www.ndsu.edu/boomers. Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website or contacting your local Extension office. Participating county Extension offices also have Facebook pages to interact with their clients.

The site also will have SuperTracker, a program to help you find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities and weight; and personalize your food and fitness plan with goal setting, virtual coaching and journaling.

Good health is important for enjoying a high quality of life and for maintaining independence in later life. This program offers the tools to help us enhance our physical and mental health.

Future lesson topics include managing stress for better health in December, nourish your muscles in January, and heart health in February.

This project is supported by a Rural Health and Safety Education program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Source: Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Professor and Food and Nutrition Specialist

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