Wesley Village, an independent and assisted living community for seniors in Shelton, is working with residents and staff to promote healthy living through nutrition, exercise, relaxation, social engagement and a positive attitude.
Residents and employees have the opportunity to track their progress daily and work toward meeting goals and celebrating with a reward program.
“It is simple to follow, anyone can do it, and most do every day,” said Mary Anne Bradshaw, a Wesley Village employee. “It is do-able and inspires positive thinking about wellness.”
March 21 presentation
As part of its Caregiver Support Group ay Wesley Village, a presentation on “Staying Motivated — How Light Eating Can Be Delicious and Easy” will be given on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. The Presenter will be Kim Bensen from the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center in Shelton.
Bensen has lost, and kept off, more than 210 pounds through lifestyle changes. Call 203-225-5000 to RSVP.
Awareness of goals, such as making healthy food choices and the importance of getting more than seven hours of sleep each night, is the first step for Wesley Village residents and employees.
Many staff and residents have mentioned that just thinking about what they can “check off” their log as accomplished at the end of each day is motivation to make healthier choices.
People can be heard talking about this program, making comments such as, “I’m going to pass on that cookie so that will be one of my smart food choices today,” or “I’m going to take a walk after lunch to see if I can log one mile.”
Making the decision to live healthier, regardless of illness or disease, is the first step.
Changes in daily routines
Here are some suggestions for daily routines:
• Drink eight 8-oz glasses of water.
• Attend a fitness class.
• Eat five servings of vegetables and fruits.
• Eat 25 grams or more of fiber.
• Make two healthier food choices.
• Skip dessert.
• Give five compliments.
• Sleep for at least seven hours.
• Read, relax, knit, draw, work on a puzzle. Spend an hour if you can doing something for yourself that you enjoy.
Being realistic and incentives
Employees and residents are encouraged not to become discouraged if they aren’t able to do all these things each day. They should be realistic and set a goal of 20 positive choices each month and work up from there.
All residents and staff who succeed in marking off 20 or more healthy options will be eligible for a raffle prize as an incentive. All efforts will be acknowledged at an annual healthy living event in August.
About Wesley Village
Wesley Village offers independent and assisted living at Crosby Commons and Wesley Heights, and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing at Bishop Wicke Health Center.
Wesley Village is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a local, faith-based, nonprofit organization with a 125-year tradition of caring for senior citizens. Learn more by calling David Primini at 203-225-7980 or going to www.umh.org.