New wellness program for adults under way
The NDSU 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 the risk of developing chronic diseases. The face-to-face programs target people age 50 and up; but, the information at www.ndsu.edu/boomers is appropriate for any adult.
Extension agents have held monthly classes in many rural North Dakota counties since January. Each 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 include hands-on activities and time for discussion. Participants 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,” said 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 Agriculture¹s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
In addition, National Walk@Lunch Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30. Employees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and take a walk during lunch break.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.