What Does “Healthy Eating” Mean?

Most of us know that staying healthy includes making smart food choices and being physically active. But we’re not always sure what healthy eating really means.

“I have good intentions to eat right, I really do,” says Ben, 59, “but sometimes I’m just not sure what that means exactly.” [Read more…]

Managing Arthritis in the Winter

What is arthritis?

It is pain in the joints caused by inflammation, or break down of cartilage (the tissue between joints that absorbs impact), lack of fluid in the joints or an auto-immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis.) Though conclusive evidence as to the link between cold weather and pain does not seem to exist, ask anyone who suffers from arthritis when their symptoms are the worst and they will probably all answer “in the winter.”

Though many of us—especially the elderly—choose to stay indoors during winter, this sedentary lifestyle might actually make us feel worse. It is important to stay active year round to decrease arthritis symptoms and to maintain overall health. [Read more…]