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Staying healthy over 50

Staying healthy over 50

Simple tips can help avoid health problems

A healthy lifestyle is necessary at any age, but for those over 50, it’s especially important. As you age, your body changes, and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a healthier and happier life.

Eat heart-healthy
A great way to establish a heart healthy diet is by reducing your sodium intake, which may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Eat nutrient-dense foods
As you age, your body needs fewer calories for energy-but still needs the same amount of nutrients. Make your calories count by eating foods packed with good nutrition such as: fruits and vegetables fresh, canned or frozen.
Protein Add some variety to your diet with delicious protein sources such as fish, beans and peas.

Get moving
Physical activity and regular exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before making changes to your diet or exercise plan to determine what is right for your needs.

Source: The Chronicle-Telegram Elyria, Ohio 2-5-2014