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. \u201cIt is simple to follow, anyone can do it, and most do every day,\u201d said Mary Anne Bradshaw, a Wesley Village employee. \u201cIt is do-able and inspires positive thinking about wellness.\u201d March 21 presentation As part of its Caregiver Support Group ay Wesley Village, a presentation on \u201cStaying Motivated \u2014 How Light Eating Can Be Delicious and Easy\u201d 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. Provides motivation 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 \u201ccheck off\u201d 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, \u201cI\u2019m going to pass on that cookie so that will be one of my smart food choices today,\u201d or \u201cI\u2019m going to take a walk after lunch to see if I can log one mile.\u201d 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: \u2022 Drink eight 8-oz glasses of water. \u2022 Attend a fitness class. \u2022 Eat five servings of vegetables and fruits. \u2022 Eat 25 grams or more of fiber. \u2022 Make two healthier food choices. \u2022 Skip dessert. \u2022 Give five compliments. \u2022 Sleep for at least seven hours. \u2022 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\u2019t 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.