Massabesic Health Resources - January 2019 • (207) 247-3216 JANUARY 2019 Massabesic Monthly

FROM THE DESKS OF Jim Stevenson & Hayes Sweeney

This time of year, many people resolve to eat healthier. It’s a noble goal, but it can’t be accomplished through wishful thinking alone. There are infinite fad diets and eating challenges you can try in order to improve your diet, but more often than not, these methods produce fleeting results. It’s much more logical to transform your diet through simple, actionable steps rather than attempting a complete overhaul based on obscure methodology or marketing gimmicks. Fortunately, one of the biggest steps you can take to improve your diet is also a simple one: Increase the amount of local and seasonal produce in your pantry and on your plate. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of nutritious eating habits, and sourcing from local purveyors guarantees you’ll get your produce at the height of freshness. In addition to the health and taste benefits of eating fresh produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to your store, seasonality and locality affect the sustainability and price of your food. “If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally,” says philosopher and food theorist Peter Singer, “then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.” On the economic side of things, the shorter the distance between farm and store, the lower the price, which is why you can always find great deals at your local farmers market. To help make 2019 a year of seasonal eating, you’ll need to know what’s at peak ripeness each season. Of course, some of what’s available in your area will vary based on the climate where you live, but the vast majority of this guide will be applicable to the 48 contiguous states. AGUIDETO EATING SEASONALLY W hat to B uy and C ook T hroughout the Y ear


While it is true that people are more likely to fall as they age, there are many reasons for falling that can be addressed with proper treatment. One does not need to accept that they are just more likely to fall because they are getting older. In fact, it is imperative that the reason(s) for falling be determined and addressed with your physical therapist. Come join us for a FREE workshop at Massabesic Health Resources, PA. We will explain possible reasons for falling or ‘feeling off balance’ Thursday, January 17th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Following this workshop, you will be invited to schedule a free screening with our therapists. We may have some suggestions as to how we can help you to STAY BALANCED! Please call or come in to sign up space is limited to 25 people.

–Jim and Hayes

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