Aging is more than the passing of time. It is a subtle and quiet process that occurs each and every day, which often goes unnoticed. Those first few strands of gray hair are signs of the inevitable – you’re getting older, and your body is changing. You may have noticed you’re growing a little rounder around the waistline, find yourself awakening more frequently during the night, or perhaps you simply wake up with a few more aches and pains.
The fact is we all age. And while we slowly adapt to the new realities of aging, it is important to understand that our daily choices play a role in determining how we age. Intentionality is key when it comes to aging well.
Whether you are intentional about staying connected to friends and family, being physically active, keeping your mind sharp, or eating healthy, all are important. And these health behaviors can make a big difference in how you feel and what you can accomplish. Understanding why we need to be intentional about these behaviors can go a long way in helping us to see the need for change in our lives.
Our nutritional needs change as we age. For example, we need to consume fewer calories due to decreased activity levels and muscle loss. However, at the same time, we need to consume more nutrient-rich foods because our body’s ability to absorb many key nutrients decreases as we age. This paradox of consuming fewer calories while consuming adequate nutrients can be challenging.
What are nutrient-rich foods? What nutrients do you need to be intentional about consuming as you age? How do personal relationships impact our overall health and desire to select healthy foods? To learn the answers to these questions and more, join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator Diane Reinhold for this insightful and encouraging program on aging.
Are You Eating to Enjoy Retirement? will be held on Friday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau, 1925 S. Meridian. Rockford. Or join us virtually on Wednesday, November 9 from 1 – 3 PM. The cost of the program is $5. Reserve your spot today, by calling our office at (815) 235-4125, or visiting us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw. The registration deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022.