March is National Nutrition Month and we are helping bring awareness to the importance of making informed choices about food and establishing a healthy eating and physical activity routine. Diet and exercise are important for everyone, but did you know that certain diets and physical routines can significantly improve the health of children and seniors? This National Nutrition Month, let us share a few tips to help the kids and senior loved ones in your life enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle.
First, do not over complicate your diet. We know how difficult it can sometimes be to make healthy food choices. There are so many delicious options to choose from, and sometimes the healthiest choice may not look the most appetizing. Healthy eating, however, does not have to be complicated! Start with breakfast. Eating a balanced breakfast is one of the most effective ways for children and seniors to start their days. Proteins such as peanut butter on whole-grain toast or egg whites can help your loved ones stay fuller longer and receive sustainable energy to help them start their day. Limiting sugar and trans fats can increase concentration and help your loved ones feel less lethargic.
When it comes to healthy eating, it is also important to understand the importance of superfoods. You may have heard about some of the benefits of superfoods, but did you know that certain foods can boost brain activity and help prevent memory loss? Fatty fish, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and even coffee have been linked to better memory and brain activity in seniors. Certain foods rich in antioxidants like oranges and broccoli have also been shown to help protect the brain from internal damage.
Do not underestimate the benefits of exercise. We know that for both children and seniors, physical activity is rarely a priority. The benefits, however, are in abundance. For children, we encourage you to limit their screen time as much as possible, and encourage them to find something more active to do, such as playing outside. For seniors, even with physical limitations, walking is a gentle exercise that is known to improve cardiovascular health, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
These are just a few tips to help children and seniors alike make better food choices and establish an exercise regimen. Need more ideas? Have your own that you want to share with us? Do not wait to contact us. We are your local community law firm ready to help you!