Nutrition: Put a Rainbow on Your Plate
There is increasing evidence that WHAT we eat and HOW MUCH we move can make a big difference – not just in how good we feel, but indeed in how well we think!
Learn more about the SCIENCE of nutrition – free MOOCs from edX
Nutrition and Health Part 1: Macronutrients and Overnutrition
Learn the fundamentals of nutrition and its impact on human health. (Self-paced, June 14 – October 15, 2015)
Nutrition and Health Part 2: Micronutrients and Malnutrition
Learn about malnutrition and micronutrients and how they impact human health. (Starts November 9, 2015.)
Eat SMART every day!
… Here, we show you what roughly 2,000 calories looks like at some large chains. (Depending on age and gender, most adults should eat between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day.) Keep Reading: https://www.nytimes.com
Choose My Plate helps consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.
Some Menu Ideas
- Recipe Library – UVa Club Red
- Healthy Recipes – Mayo Clinic
- Healthy Diet Recipes – MyRecipes.com
- MyPlate-Inspired Quick & Easy Recipes – Cooking Light
- Berkeley Wellness – University of California
- Health & Nutrition Newsletter – Tufts University
- The Nutrition Source – Harvard University
Grab Your Rainbow at the Charlottesville City Market
Combine outdoor exercise with socialization and an emphasis on a colorful (lots of fruits & veggies) diet. Watch for cooking demos, farm tours, and more offered by Market Central.
Activity: Exercise is key to healthy aging!
You don’t need to buy special clothes or belong to a gym to become more active. Physical activity can and should be part of your everyday life. Find things you like to do. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work around the house. Garden. Climb stairs. Swim. Rake leaves. Try different kinds of activities that keep you moving. Look for new ways to build physical activity into your daily routine.
Get Fit For Free –National Institute on Aging
Local Charlottesville Resources:
- Move2Health – learn how to EAT better and MOVE more!
- Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center
T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Taijiquan) is a martial art characterized by soft, slow flowing movements of the torso and arms coordinated with weight shifts and steps.
It emphasizes relaxation, and is a form of meditation in motion. The benefits of T’ai Chi Ch’uan include improved balance, muscle tone and stress reduction.