Health & Wellness

February is National Heart Month

February is National Heart Health Month

An important first step in keeping your heart healthy is knowing your health risks and what you can do to get healthier. 

Do you know your risk for heart disease?

Several health conditions, your lifestyle, and your age and family history can increase your risk for heart disease. These are called risk factors. About half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

Tips for A Healthy Heart

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Devoting some time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting your heart health. Self-care — like moving more, preparing healthier meals, getting enough quality sleep, and taking a moment to destress – helps your heart.

Heart Health: Choosing The Right Fats & Oils

Choosing fats and oils with less saturated fats leads to a healthier heart. Eating less saturated fat can help prevent heart disease. This fact sheet shows what foods are lower in saturated fat and what foods are higher in saturated fat.

Click on the image to download and print!

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How Your Blood Pressure Affects Your Heart Health

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If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Many don’t even know they have it!

The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.

High blood pressure is a “silent killer.”

Most of the time there are no obvious symptoms. Certain physical traits and lifestyle choices can put you at a greater risk for high blood pressure. When left untreated, the damage that high blood pressure does to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke, and other health threats.

Is your blood pressure in a healthy or an unhealthy range?

If you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure, you should monitor your blood pressure regularly. Maintaining an awareness of your numbers can alert you to any changes and help you detect patterns. Tracking your results over time will also reveal if the changes you’ve made are working. 

Agency on Aging Area 4 Partners with Ground Game Health to Close Gaps in Care During Transitions from Nursing Homes to Home

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Agency on Aging Area 4, the fifth-largest AAA providing home and community-based services to older adults and people with disabilities in California, and GroundGame.Health, the leading solution that fulfills unmet social and healthcare needs on the ground, announced a partnership this month to close healthcare gaps for people transitioning from skilled nursing facilities to home environments.

Healthy Eating = Healthy Aging

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Potato & Egg Scramble
A great way to start your day

February is American Heart Month. You have the power to take action to protect yourself against heart disease. Eating more lean protein has been linked to lower risk of health disease in adults. Protein rich food include fish high in omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, tuna trout), eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, lean ground beef, pork, turkey chicken. Click the button below to try this protein rich Egg & Potato Scramble!

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Winter Salad
Colorful and healthy!

Heart-healthy eating involves choosing certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, while limiting others, such as saturated fats and added sugar. Vegetables such as leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, carrots are great veggies to lower your risk of heart disease. This colorful and fruity Winter Salad is a great way to get your veggies!

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Black Bean Quesadilla
A fun twist on a classic

Whole grains such as plain oatmeal, brown rice, and whole-grain bread or tortillas are a great way to incorporate heart healthy food and lower the risk of heart disease.

Check out this great Black Bean & Veggie Quesadilla by clicking button below.

Workshops for Healthy Aging

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Agency on Aging Area 4 hosts free virtual and in-person workshops for the older adult community in Sacramento, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.

Whether you’re interested in nutrition, health promotion or job readiness we have the classes for you! Our team is currently creating interest lists for each of our workshops. Click on the workshop you’re interested in below and fill out the form. A staff member will contact you when new classes are scheduled.

Bingocize
Bingocize is 10-week, socially engaging group-based program that combines exercise, health education, and the widely popular game of bingo.


A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an 8-week course that enables participants to reduce the fear of falling by learning to view falls as controllable, setting goals for increasing activity levels, making small changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.


Live Strong & Safe
Live Strong & Safe Fall Prevention Program is a short one session series that provides a comprehensive overview of fall prevention, including home safety and medication management.


Diabetes Empowerment Education
Diabetes Empowerment Education is a six-week workshop to help adults with diabetes learn more about diabetes, self-manage their condition, and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.


Cooking Matters
Cooking Matters is a four-week course that teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals.


Eat Smart, Live Strong
The Eat Smart, Live Strong is a 4-week course designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to at least 31/2 cups and to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day.


Food Smarts
Food Smarts is a 6-week course designed to support healthy behavior change in the areas of healthy eating, food safety, cooking, food waste reduction and food resource management.


Mature Edge
Mature Edge is a job-readiness program that can help the mature worker update their resume and learn valuable skills to land the job you want.

Improve Your Mood, Improve Your Life

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Did you know that one in five older adults experiences depression?

The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is an evidence-based program designed to reduce depressive symptoms and improve quality of life in older adults.

Our PEARLS coaches will provide six to eight in-home sessions to help you:

  • Recognize the symptoms of depression.
  • Use a seven-step approach to identify and solve problems.
  • Plan social and physical activities, which often improve the mood of people with depression.

For more information:
CALL (800) 211-4545
EMAIL cm@agencyonaging4.org

Do you receive SSI? Don’t miss out on food benefits!

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Food prices have increased significantly in recent years. It makes it difficult for many of us—especially older adults—to keep eating well.

Fortunately, CalFresh has allocated funds specifically for adults aged 60+. We simplify the application process for them.

Learn more and start your application today. 

Click button below or call us at 1-800-211-4545

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