March 2018

62 Plaza Dr. | Highlands Ranch | 303-791-0430 | info@highlandsranch.org  

How will you spend your longevity bonus?
We are living longer and healthier lives, but are we prepared to enjoy these additional years to the fullest? Lots of questions arise as we think about retirement years including financial needs, legal  documents, housing, and even having fun and what leisure activities we want to explore. It's a lot to think about and can be overwhelming to tackle alone. 
 
The Metro District's Active Adult Programs & Services has two lifelong learning classes coming
up this spring that will address many of these questions.  
 
Learn about social security benefits and how to make them work for you. This is a free event open to the public. Pre-registration is required.   
 
At this half-day seminar, we will dive into discussions about strategies for meeting long term care needs, care and housing options, and legal paperwork. Cost is $15/person and includes a box lunch. 
 
Registration is required for each class at highlandsranch.org/signmeup. Click on AAPS in the left hand column. For more information, contact Jodie McCann at jmccann@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-4922.  

March is National Nutrition Month
An annual education and information campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month reminds us of the importance of making good choices when it comes to
Vegetables
the food we eat and the physical activity we engage in. The theme for 2018 is "Go Further with Food" which emphasizes
how the foods we choose make a difference. Good nutrition and staying active is important at any age. As we age, our bodies have different needs and some nutrients are more important than others. Here are a few tips:
 
Calcium and Vitamin D
Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Three servings of vitamin D-fortified low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt each day is recommended. Other calcium-rich foods include fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables and canned fish with soft bones.
 
Vitamin B12
It can be difficult to get adequate amounts of vitamin B12. Fortified cereals, lean meats and some fish and seafood are sources of vitamin B12. Ask your physician if you need a vitamin B12 supplement.
 
Fiber
Fiber helps to lower our risk for heart disease, control weight and prevent Type 2 diabetes. Food with lots of fiber includes whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, peas, fruits and vegetables.
 
Fats
Foods low in saturated fats and trans fat help reduce the risk of heart disease. Most fats should be polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Check food labels for total fat and saturated fat amounts. 
     
Learn more from the Academy of Nutrition at Dietetics at eatright.org.  
Smoothie bowls
As easy as mixing your favorite smoothie ingredients in the blender, and then pouring into a bowl and finishing with a handful of your favorite healthy toppings. Suggested toppings include sliced banana, granola, coconut, seeds, berries, nuts, and cinnamon. There's even a dessert smoothie recipe included.
  
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Jodie McCann | 720-240-4922 | jmccann@highlandsranch.org
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