Partner Newsletter - March 2020
Eat to stay on your feet
You’ve heard it before: You are what you eat. But did you know that healthy eating can also help prevent falls? Eating nutritious foods protects bones, joints and muscles. Eating well gives you strength and stamina, which helps you stay active and independent.
The definition of healthy eating changes as you age. For example, your body may need more of certain nutrients and fewer calories than before. It is important to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.
March is National Nutrition Month when you are encouraged to “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” We encourage you to think about how what you eat can help you stay steady on your feet.
The National Council on Aging recommends these steps to find the best foods for a steady body:
- Read the nutrition food label. Food labels can help you find items that are lower in fat, added sugars and sodium or salt.
- Look for important nutrients. Remember to choose foods that are calcium-rich and high in fiber. Look for higher levels of vitamin D, an important nutrient as we age.
- Use recommended servings. To maintain your weight, eat the right amount of food for your age and body.
- Stay hydrated. Staying properly hydrated prevents low blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and confusion.
Talk to your health care professional for guidance to help you make good food choices. Your area agency on aging can also help answer any questions you have about nutrition.
Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov to find more falls prevention tips and resources.
Tia's Touch Base
The Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting a FREE, one-day training on Community Paramedicine on March 12, 2020 from 9:30 to 3:30 in Dublin, OH. Learn about the different models and types of community paramedicine programs. Discuss how these programs are making an impact, addressing barriers, and reaching vulnerable older adults and others in their communities. There are only a few seats left. Please encourage Fire/EMS professionals in your community to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVXC3WT
National Nutrition Month focuses on making informed food choices and developing sound habits for eating and physical activity. Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small changes can have a big impact, and every little bit (or bite!) of good nutrition is a step in the right direction.