Eating well plays a significant role in maintaining good health at all ages. Whatever your age, how you eat can have an impact on your health, but eating healthfully may be of extra importance for senior life.
According to AARP, nearly 70 percent of Americans over 50 are overweight, and one third of that number is classified as obese.
The health concerns that can arise from obesity are truly alarming.
Obesity costs Americans around $190 billion in medical expenses, and it drastically reduces life expectancy. Moderate obesity, which is now common in the United States, can reduce life expectancy by about 3 years while morbid obesity is as dangerous as smoking, shortening life expectancy by as much as 10 years.
Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well.
Planning meals that give you a balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits for senior life. Eating well may reduce your risk of chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
And, in addition to helping manage chronic conditions, healthy eating habits promote a better quality of life. Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.
Eating Well is an Integral Part of Living Well at Marjorie P. Lee.
Eating is one of life's little pleasures, and at Marjorie P. Lee, we strive to create an outstanding dining experience that is both delicious and nutritious.
Our staff knows that when it comes to senior life, good nutrition is a big part of being healthy and living well. That’s why our talented chefs and dining team are working hard every day to ensure that residents, families and staff alike have a wide selection of enjoyable, nutritious meals and menus from which to choose.
If there is ever something you are craving, our chefs and the dining services staff will whip it up for you with no questions asked.
Like this amazing, holiday favorite:
Seven Layer Greek Party Dip
- 1 ½ cups Hummus
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 2 tsp of chopped garlic
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 cup diced tomato
- 1Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- ½ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup chopped or sliced black olives
- ½ cup chopped, fresh mint
- In a small mixing bowl, combine garlic and dill with the yogurt
- In a separate bowl, combine diced tomato with lemon juice and oregano
- Begin layering your dip by spreading the hummus in the bottom of your serving dish
- Layer on your seasoned Greek yogurt, marinated tomatoes, and other ingredients.
- Top with the fresh mint and serve with toasted pita chips and plenty of fresh vegetables.
But it’s not all fancy appetizers and amazing meals. Healthy eating is one part of an overall lifestyle. At Marjorie P. Lee, we believe in Six Dimensions of Wellness that promote a better senior living experience.
For residents at Marjorie P. Lee and our sister ERH retirement communities, wellness is about more than good nutrition. It goes beyond regular workouts and exercise programs. Total wellness includes nutrition and physical fitness, but at Marjorie P. Lee, wellness also means making new friends, staying active in clubs and committees, even playing in the pool with your grandkids, or simply relaxing in your senior living apartment.
That’s what living well into the future looks like at our retirement community.