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Sleep power: Everyone needs their

Sleep power: Everyone needs their "zzzs" to function at their best

There's no question that getting a good night's sleep regularly is good for you, your staff and your constituents. "Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury," said M. Safwan Badr, MD, a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), at the 2014 launch of "Sleep Well, Be Well," a campaign of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Yet many people--more than half in a recent AARP/University of Michigan national poll--believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, and as a result, they don't seek information on how to improve sleep. But experts agree that many sleep problems--even chronic ones--can be helped by nondrug strategies and behavior changes.

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The Mediterranean Diet: A way of eating for the ages and for the aging by Sara Baer-Sinnott, MA-6323

The Mediterranean Diet: A way of eating for the ages and for the aging by Sara Baer-Sinnott, MA

It seems fitting that as the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid celebrated its 25th anniversary in January 2018, it was also honored as the number one overall diet in America by US News & World Report's annual ranking (tied with the DASH diet). It wasn't always that way. In the early 1990s Americans were clamoring for "no-fat" or "low-fat" foods created by food manufacturers anxious to capitalize on the United States government's low-fat dietary policy. To provide a healthy, research-backed alternative to the US Department of Agriculture's food pyramid, Oldways brought together nutrition scientists, public policy experts, chefs, and food writers for the 1993 International Conference on the Diets of the Mediterranean. The outcome was the ?rst Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, introduced in 1993. Since that time, the diet has become one of the most widely recommended in the world, supported by physicians and nutrition professionals alike. Best of all, it is easy to follow, as it celebrates rich flavors and delicious recipes.

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Nutrition for healthy aging by Lisa Powell, MS, RDN-6315

Nutrition for healthy aging by Lisa Powell, MS, RDN

"Mens sana in corpore sano"--this Latin phrase translates to "healthy mind in a healthy body," surely a universal goal for aging gracefully and well. Many assume that decreasing fitness levels, failing health, frailty and decline in cognitive function are unavoidable with aging, but people can do much to help maintain healthy function into their 70s, 80s and beyond. Nutrition is a key factor in healthy aging. While calorie needs decrease with age, nutrient needs typically do not--in fact, the need for some nutrients, such as protein, appears to increase. Good choices can provide the body with the best nutrients and fuel for optimal wellness at any age.

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Activity trackers: What's all the fuss about these small yet significant devices? by Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD-5888

Activity trackers: What's all the fuss about these small yet significant devices? by Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, PhD

Millions of people of all ages are reaching for activity trackers (ATs) to help them increase their activity levels. These trackers, examples of wearable technology, are offered in a variety of forms and styles by companies such as Fitbit and Garmin, but all are designed to encourage wearers to move more and sit less. Recent research indicates that ATs may help users increase their physical activity levels through a combination of information, physical cues and behavioral techniques such as goal-setting, social support and motivational rewards.

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The Power of Posture: a program to encourage optimal posture by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Dayna Stoddart, BScPT-5449

The Power of Posture: a program to encourage optimal posture by Terry Eckmann, PhD, and Dayna Stoddart, BScPT

Many parents encourage their children to “sit up straight” or “stand tall” to help them develop good posture. Why? Adults understand the impact of good posture on appearance. Fewer may realize that good posture is vital to overall health and well-being. The Power of Posture program promotes body awareness and alignment, functional movement patterns, and proper movements to encourage optimal posture.

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Using the small ball for function and fun by Brenda Jurich, BA-4972

Using the small ball for function and fun by Brenda Jurich, BA

Repeat and redo, restore and renew. That is the cycle group-fitness instructors go through over and over again. We thirst for new ideas and new ways to challenge our participants and still have fun. Besides the intrinsic value of bringing joy, color and fun to a class, the small ball is a versatile accessory to use for stretching, mind/body exercises and strength training.

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