The U.S. Government provides multiple free health publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management.
These publications can be downloaded free of charge from USA.gov.
Here are a few of these publications, which may be of interest to seniors and their family caregivers concerned with maintaining good health and wellness through simple lifestyle changes:
- Be Active Your Way – Consumer Booklet for Adults – By the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This 28 page booklet contains “loads of ideas” to help you reach the recommended activity level which includes 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week plus strengthening activities two days a week. (28 pages – PDF)
- Better Health and You — By the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This 30 page booklet presents a balanced eating plan and regular physical activity are the building blocks of good health. Poor eating habits and physical inactivity may lead to overweight and related health problems. By eating right and being active, you may reach or maintain a healthy weight. You may also improve your physical health, mental well-being, and set an example for others. (30 pages – PDF)
- Do You Know the Health Risks of Being Overweight? – By the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This 8 page fact sheet explains that being overweight increases your chances of developing serious health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. “This guide can help you lose weight safely and develop a healthier lifestyle,” HHS states. (8 pages – PDF)
- Handout on Health: Sports Injuries — By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. This web page contains information about different types of sports injuries that occur in both children and adults. It contains information about the difference between acute and chronic injuries, treatment, when to see a doctor, and how to prevent them. Information is also provided on recent treatment advances from research. (Link to online information)
- Weight Loss for Life – By the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Makes the point that “The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that can keep up for the rest of your life.” “The information presented here may help put you on the road to healthy habits,” HHS states. (16 pages – PDF)
- Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle! – Website by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Presents extensive resources on assessing your weight, losing weight, and preventing weight gain. “The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.”
For more information on exercise, diet, weight management and other lifestyle factors that promote wellness and help prevent diseases, see the HelpingYouCare™ resource pages on Wellness/ Healthy Living for Seniors & Caregivers, including:
- Diet & Nutrition: Physical Wellness;
- Exercise: Physical Wellness;
- Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking & Other Healthy Practices: Physical Wellness;
- Activities to Preserve Mental Acuity: Intellectual Wellness;
- Social Interaction & A Sense of Connection With Others: Social Wellness;
- Other Areas of Wellness: Emotional, Ethical/ Spiritual & Vocational Wellness; and
- Examples of Healthy Aging: Stories of Inspiring Seniors.
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