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"Staying Healthy in the New Year" presented to Health Concil

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Washington County Health Council met Wednesday, January 16 at the Akron Senior and Community Center. Antelope Springs FCE Club made and served the lunch of cabbage pockets, corn, Jello and ice cream and cookies. Extension Agent Gisele Jefferson, gave the presentation, "Staying Healthy in the New Year." Attendance was up a lot, as there were over 30 persons present, Jefferson spoke about how older adults want to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible, as well as financially healthy. They also need to exercise to help stay as physically fit as possible. She then spoke on a program by Dr. Andrew Weil called "Healthy Resolution Series." The first thing discussed was a mood state, which is a medical term for a person's long term emotional temperament. This does not mean being a born optimist, but it is a habit. One way to do this is to begin by writing down three good things that happened during your day, went well or for what you were thankful for. Also write down why those items went so well. If you do this every day, you will soon start looking for the good things rather than the things that might have gone wrong. Next is rest. Dr. Weil says napping is important. Nap for 10 to 20 minutes in a darkened room. If you are out, recline your car seat, put on an eye mask and try to sleep for a short time. It is important to get outside each day, as you are exposed to natural light. Before you go to sleep for the night, have only dim light on in your house.

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Avoid screen time, such as being on the computer, using your cell phone or watching TV. It is important to sleep seven to eight house a night, but not more than that. Watch your caffeine intake and stop eating or drinking products with caffeine by 3 or 4 p.m. When you are ready to go to sleep, keep your bedroom as dark as possible. The third item Dr. Weil suggests is eating more produce. He recommends eating four to five servings of vegetables and three to four servings of fruit each day. Choose vegetables and fruit of different colors and fresh is better than canned or frozen. He also recommends buying organic products. He also has an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation of the body can affect the heart and other organs in your body. You also want foods that are high in fiber. On his food pyramid, he has healthy sweets, such as unsweetened dried fruit, dark chocolate or fruit sorbet, which is healthier than other frozen desserts. He also said you can have one to two glasses of red wine, as red wine has antioxidant activity. Take daily supplements and drink two to four cups of tea a day. Use healthy herbs and spices, such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and basil, as well as others. Two helpings of protein are recommended a week, cooked Asian mushrooms, whole soy foods, such as soy milk, two to six servings of fish and shellfish a week. Also recommended are healthy fats, like extra virgin olive oil, whole and cooked grains, pasta, beans and legumes, vegetables and fruits and lots of water. One form of exercise he recommends is dancing. He discussed a study that was done in Japan that followed 1,003 women. When the study started, none had any physical disabilities and asked about their types of exercise. Eight years later, 13 percent of the women had developed some form of physical disabilities and those that had participated in dancing as a form of exercise had a 73 percent lower risk of developing physical disabilities. He also gave ways toward eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Toss out cereals and breads and replace with organic, high fiber cereal, whole grain breads, etc. Don't use instant soup mixes or instant drinks. Don't use creamers with unhealthy fats, artificial additives or sugar, yogurt with sugar, oleo, fruit juice and processed cheese. Butter is better than oleo. Health Council will meet next at 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 at the Akron Senior and Community Center. The meal will be made by the Washington County FCE Council. Meetings are open to the public.

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