March 16, 2018
Healthy for Life Newsletter
Welcome to the Healthy for Life Newsletter! We are re-branding our 'Senior Focus' programming to be more inclusive, exciting, and reflective of the mission behind it. Healthy for Life encompasses more than just fitness classes, it provides a platform for enrichment programs, nutritional workshops, social activities, and much more! We will still be providing all the great information and events as before, just under the new name, Healthy for Life. In addition to the new name, you can expect more exciting and engaging programs to be offered with in our parks and facilities.
SPRING FLING SOCIAL
Our first ever, Spring Fling Social is coming up on Saturday, April 28th!

Join us for live, instructional dancing, healthy & nutritious appetizers, dinner, and desserts, and fun trivia and games! We will be drawing for some awesome door prizes as well! You don't want to miss this fun night!

Pricing:
Members:
$15 | Individual
$25 | Couple

Non-Members:
$20 | Individual
$30 | Couple

Register now at the Bentonville Community Center!
SPRING CLEANING TIPS
Spring will be here in less than a month!

Along with the change of seasons comes motivation for a fresh start, new beginning and organization. It is the perfect time to pull back curtains, open up windows, roll up your sleeves and spring clean.
Below are tips to make the arduous task of cleaning and organizing a little easier:

1. Ask loved ones to help
Reach out to friends or family members for assistance to decrease overwhelming emotions. This will make the cleaning day more efficient and less consuming of both your time and emotions. The cleaning process with loved ones is the perfect opportunity to go through old family photo albums and find items you no longer want or need. 
Ask for help for completing tasks that are too difficult to do on your own. These tasks could be dusting in hard-to reach places, rearranging or moving heavy furniture or climbing on ladders to change light bulbs.

2. Make a spring cleaning checklist
There are several important, often overlooked, cleaning necessities for seniors besides just the basic spring cleaning jobs.

  • Medicine Cabinet- Remove all medications and prescriptions that are expired as well as the ones no longer used. Be sure to store medications in a cool, dark, dry place; the bathroom does not fit that category. A better place is an airtight plastic container on a shelf in the closet or kitchen cabinet.
  • Refrigerator, pantry and kitchen – Throw away all expired food. Remove appliances rarely used from the counter and organize cabinets. Create a front row space for frequently use items.
  • Smoke, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers – Exchange bad batteries for good ones. Every home should have at least two handheld fire extinguishers, with one being in the kitchen. Check the expiration date and remind yourself to monitor the device every once in a while.
  • Rooms and hallways – Replace burned out light bulbs. Look for any tripping hazards and remove them. Tripping hazards could be area rugs, extension cords, piles of papers
  • Bathroom – Consider installing grab bars. The bathtub, shower and toilet area are often places where seniors fall easily.
  • Being proactive with these tasks can decrease physical health threats in the home.

3. Eliminate the clutter
  • Many times there is an emotional connection to the items accumulated in your home over the years. It is no wonder that removing these items from your home can cause emotional strain. Holding on to items no longer used takes up space and can negatively affect physical and mental health. Work on the room with the most clutter first working towards the room with the least amount. 
  • Make three separate piles: donate, throw away and keep. The items you use often go in the keep pile. Items that have not been used or enjoyed for one year go in the throw away or donate pile, depending on its condition. There may be items you are unsure about. It is often easier to work through what to do with these particular belongings with a family member’s help.

4. Reorganize before you cleanse
  • Gather all of your important financial, health and legal documents into one space. If there is an emergency, you will be prepared without additional stress.
  • Ensure important phone numbers are on speed dial or placed in your favorites section of your smart phone. Know who to call in an emergency and have your phone programmed accordingly.
  • Put the items used regularly easily accessible. Items that are rarely used should be tucked out of the way. 
  • Sanitizing, mopping, vacuuming and dusting are now much easier. After removing clutter, you will be able to thoroughly organize and sanitize spaces

5. Evaluate your current living conditions
If you've uncovered issues in your home that make the living conditions in your home unsafe, have one of your family members fix it, if possible, immediately. If the issue cannot be fixed, such as too many stairs, master bedroom on the second floor, space is too large for you, it may be time to consider whether your home continues to work for your current needs and whether it is time to move. 

Spring Cleaning Tips by Alison Van Hecke
NOTES ON NUTRITION
Notes on Nutrition

Welcome to Notes on Nutrition , a new section of the Healthy for Life Newsletter. Each month we will share some tidbits of nutrition information relevant to seniors. If you’d like to see a specific topic featured, please email ( Hayden Bough or Stephanie Nell ) with your suggestions.
 
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March is National Nutrition Month

It’s that time of the year – spring is at our doorstep, trees are getting leaves, and plants are sprouting up left and right. It’s an exciting time to learn about nutrition too, because March is National Nutrition Month®. Did you know that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides a wealth of information to celebrate? You can check out information on this year’s theme, “Go Further with Food”, here . “Go Further with Food” is designed to bring awareness to food waste.

What is food waste, and why is it important?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food waste happens whenever an edible item goes uneaten. This can occur anywhere along the food chain, from growing the food to eating it (or not eating it).

The USDA’s statistics show that 30-40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted. In 2010, this amounted to $161 billion worth!! Food waste is detrimental to our health – nutrients that could’ve been eaten by people who need them get thrown away. It is also harmful for the planet – all the resources that went into producing, packaging, transporting, etc. that food get wasted. And decomposing food in landfills produces methane, a greenhouse gas.

What can I do to help?

Luckily, you have the power to reduce food waste! Some tips you can try at home are:

  • Check the cabinets before heading to the store to see what you already have.
  • Buy only what you will use (or freeze) within the next few days.
  • Plan to use up leftovers later in the week – this saves you time and money too!
  • Watch portion sizes – this is good for your waistline and your pocketbook.
  • Keep foods that spoil quickly within sight, so you don’t forget to use them.
  • Properly store produce, and don’t wash it until you are ready to use it.
  • If you do have food that’s not going to get eaten, consider composting it. Find out more about composting here.

Please note – the information in this article is not intended to diagnosis or treat any health conditions. Talk to a qualified health professional, such as a doctor or a registered dietitian, about your specific health questions or concerns.
SENIOR FOCUS HIKE
Level: Easy/Moderate
Thursday, April 12th

An easy/moderate level hike is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 1:00. Duration of walk will be about 1 hour. Meet at Bella Vista Tanyard Creek Trail parking lot. Directions: From Hwy. 71 North of Bentonville, take Hwy 340 (Town Center Exit) West. Watch for Lake Windsor Dam on the left (less than 1 mile west of Town Center). Below the dam turn left on Westford Lane. The parking lot is on the right. Meet in the parking lot with hike beginning promptly at 1:00. 

For more information check the website: http://beautifulbellavista.com/tanyardcreek.htm. Dress prepared for the weather of the day. Wear appropriate shoes for walking on natural uneven surfaces with rocks and gravel. Participants should be prepared for steep inclines and declines. Bring your own water bottle. Hiking/walking sticks are allowed. Free to members and guests.
SENIOR FOCUS POTLUCK
Friday, March 30
Citizens Lounge: 11:30am

Theme:   IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Irish-American Heritage Month is celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. Sign up sheet will be in the Citizens Lounge beginning Monday, March 19. Mark your calendar for our next scheduled potluck Friday, March 30. Celebrate the Irish! Free to members. Guests pay day usage fee.
HEALTH AND FITNESS
Have you tried ZUMBA GOLD?

Two new classes have been added to the schedule this winter. Zumba Gold Toning is held in the Citizens Lounge on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:00. Zumba Gold Dancing is held in the Wellness Studio on Monday and Wednesday at 1:15. Zumba was a highly requested class on our survey last fall, so if you haven’t dropped in to see what Zumba is like, come in and give it a try! 

More Fitness Options

Fitness Over Fifty
Tuesday & Thursday | 7:20am
Bentonville Community Center

Strong Women
Tuesday & Thursday | 1:00pm
Bentonville Community Center

Gentle Yoga
Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9:00am
Downtown Activity Center

Yoga Flow Foundations
Wednesday | 8:30am
Bentonville Community Center

Balance & Fall Prevention
Tuesday | 10:00am
Bentonville Community Center

Limber & Stretch
Thursday | 10:00am
Bentonville Community Center

Aqua Aerobics
Tuesday & Thursday | 8:30am
Bentonville Community Center

Extension Get Fit
Tuesday & Thursday | 5:30pm
Downtown Activity Center

Tai Chi
Monday & Thursday | 6:00pm
Bentonville Community Center

Tuesday and Thursday | 9:00am
Downtown Activity Center
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