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USDA Pyramid and 2011 MyPlate

A Rainbow of Benefits

You’ve been told to eat fruits and vegetables because they’re good for you.  The United States Department of Agriculture changed the food pyramid to a plate in 2011 and recommends that half of  the plate be filled with fruits and vegetables.  Why this change?  Why do we need to eat so […]
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Sugar gummy bear

6 Steps for Controlling Blood Sugar

Our bodies use energy from food in order to carry out everyday functions.  Once digested, this energy is in the form of glucose or blood sugar.  Blood sugar levels dip and peak in relation to eating patterns and types of foods eaten.  This cycle is maintained by the hormone insulin.  […]
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Eat These 9 Foods to Protect Your Brain

It’s important to protect and nourish our brains as we age.  This article focuses on specific foods that can have a positive impact on our brain health throughout our lifetime. These foods help protect against inflammatory cytokines that are released in response to stress.  Cytokines are chemicals produced by the […]
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Older golfer, staying heart smart

Tips for Eating Heart Healthy

A Healthy Diet and Physical Activity Promote Heart Health Heart disease, defined as plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, is now the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women.  Excess plaque causes the arteries to narrow and makes it more difficult for blood […]
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Senior with a cup of water

Hydration for Older Adults is Vital

Both a healthy diet and adequate hydration are key for maintaining good health.  This is especially true for older adults as their bodies and metabolism continue to change.  Staying hydrated is important because water plays a role in all cells, tissues, and bodily functions.  It helps cool our temperature, lubricates […]
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