Tips for a Healthy Winter for Retirement Communities in Ohio
Staying Healthy in Ohio this Season!
Early winter is a great time to reset, hit those health goals, and prep for the remainder of flu season! Between cozy comfort food, movie marathons, and breaking out the flannel, there are easy ways to sneak in some healthy habits while still enjoying the seasonal activities. At our 55 and over retirement communities in Ohio, we love to encourage physical activity, creative endeavors, and of course, plenty of social time! See below for some of our favorite recommendations for a healthy season, both physically and mentally!
Experiment with Cool-Weather Flavors!
Winter months often bring about apple cider, nutmeg, and pumpkin-spiced goodness in the form of delectable treats. However, there are some serious health benefits to some of your favorite foods and flavors!
Cinnamon is a warm and cozy spice, but did you know that it also can help to regulate blood sugar? Sprinkle a little in your morning oatmeal or on a bowl of freshly popped popcorn for a fun, healthy, and festive twist on popcorn to share with friends during a cozy movie night. Or if these are not speaking to you, check out one of these cinnamon infused baked dishes recommended by Taste of Home.
Another favorite cold-season food is acorn squash. Packed with folate, calcium, and magnesium, this nutty squash is both rich in flavor and nutrients – in particular antioxidants! The healthiest of all squashes including pumpkin, use this tasty gourd as a substitute for any other squash to really maximize the health benefits of your favorite dishes. Might we suggest this tasty dish?
Remember To Get Your Flu Shot
Winter is ripe for flu preparation. If you haven’t already, now is the time to protect yourself with the flu shot–by ramping up your immune system! With efficacy rates of 40% – 60% in simply preventing the flu, getting the flu shot is one of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for flu season. If you do have a breakthrough case, the vaccine is also extremely effective in minimizing your risk for serious illness! Getting the flu shot is also an excellent way to reduce your chances of spreading the flu to vulnerable loved ones. For those who have never received a flu vaccine before, you can read more about the health benefits.
Move Your Body!
It’s so tempting to stay cozy when the temperature dips, but your immune system and mental health both rely on movement to keep them in tip-top shape! For those who want to take a trip outdoors, a simple walk around the block or in a park 2-3 times a week is a great way to keep active. If you are looking to stay inside, start a habit of stretching out your arms and legs every morning and before bed. Some simple overhead side stretches and seated leg lifts can increase your flexibility and mobility, and give you those amazing endorphins – the happiness hormone! Check out some of the moves in this article from Silver Sneakers, and challenge a friend to a month-long contest to see who sticks with their morning stretches!
For those within our 55 and over communities in Ohio, and those who just love someone within our community, these easy tricks will keep you healthy and hopefully very happy this season!
Winter is a great time to get creative in the kitchen with the seasonal flavors. Comforting dishes are the name of the game, but that doesn't mean you can't incorporate some healthy ingredients! Delicious root veggies and warming stews can keep you toasty--and healthy--all season. We can’t wait to hear about all of your new yummy recipes!
With flu season creeping in, winter can make us a little wary. But with a little planning and some simple hygiene practices, avoiding the flu can be a little more manageable. There’s no need to miss out on family get-togethers or cozy evenings. Integrating some of these simple steps into your daily routine will not only benefit you, but also those in our most vulnerable populations!
That’s why we have compiled these tips and tricks for effectively preventing the flu this winter: ow.ly/c5Vs50MF2fg