As we age, we may not be as active as we used to be. Maybe we have put on a few extra pounds, or we've developed health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
The North Dakota State University Extension Service has developed Nourishing Boomers and Beyond, a program to provide North Dakotans with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases. The face-to-face programs target people 50-plus; however, the content available at http://www.ndsu.edu/boomers is appropriate for any adult.
Extension agents have been holding monthly classes in many rural North Dakota counties since January 2014. Each month's class focuses on one topic, such as finding reliable health and nutrition related information or how to keep your eyes healthy with good nutrition. Upcoming topics include how to keep your brain, digestive system, skin, bones and joints healthy; how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet; and how to deal with stress and mental health issues.
Classes will include hands-on activities and time for discussion. Participants will receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home. If you aren't able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, you can sign up for the free monthly e-newsletter and participate in the Facebook and Pinterest pages.
"Our goal is to provide overall wellness education and online support to help adults sustain a healthy lifestyle," says Julie Garden-Robinson, Extension food and nutrition specialist and project director.
The 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.