FEBRUARY 15, 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.
Notes on Nutrition

Welcome to Notes on Nutrition , a new section of the Senior Focus 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 ( Helena Ramadan or Stephanie Nell ) with your suggestions.

Heart disease affects both men and women and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Every February, we observe American Heart Month to help raise awareness of this condition.

Certain heart disease risk factors are beyond our control, like our age or family history. But luckily, there are many aspects of heart health that can be changed for the better. You can reduce your risk by moving more, eating more heart-healthy foods, and eating less of foods that negatively impact heart health. If you smoke, quitting can decrease your risk too.

Eat more of these:

  • Consuming enough fiber helps lower cholesterol. Increase your intake gradually to avoid discomfort. If you are over 65 or have had gastrointestinal surgery, use caution and check with your doctor first.

  • Look for foods that are high in healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Some good sources include fatty fish (salmon, trout, herring, mackerel, and anchovies). Try to eat fish at least twice per week. Ground flaxseed and walnuts are also sources of beneficial omega-3’s.

  • A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products is great for your overall health too.

Eat less of these:

  • Reduce trans fat and saturated fat – this can help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that <10% of your daily calories come from saturated fat.

  • Cutting back on sodium (a.k.a. salt) may help improve blood pressure. Aim for <2,300 milligrams per day as a starting point. A goal of <1,500 milligrams is ideal for those with prehypertension and hypertension (a.k.a. high blood pressure).

  • Extra calories – reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your risk of heart disease.

Want more suggestions for improved nutrition for heart health? Check out a list of 25 Heart-Healthy Cooking Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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.)


Nutrition Diagnosis, p. 365, accessed 2/7/18

AND Complete Guide, p. 680+, accessed 2/10/18; Fiber info – p. 363, 2/10/18, p. 392 & 401 – omega-3’s

ACC heart disease and stroke stats for 2017, accessed 2/10/18
Level: Moderate/Intermediate
Wednesday, February 21

A moderate/intermediate level hike is scheduled for Wednesday February 21 at 1:00. Duration of walk will be about 1 ½ hours. 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 in layers 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.

Friday, March 30
Citizens Lounge: 11:30am


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.

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

Bentonville Parks & Recreation
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Bentonville Community Center
FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Downtown Bentonville Square
FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
FEBRUARY 17-18, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
FEBRUARY 17-18, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
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Bentonville Community Center
FEBRUARY 26, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
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Memorial Park Tennis Complex
MARCH 3, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
MARCH 9, 2018
Memorial Park Tennis Complex
MARCH 19, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
MARCH 19, 2018
Bentonville Community Center
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Spring Break Camp Soccer
Bentonville Community Center
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Downtown Bentonville Square
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