A Vision for the Future: Food Assistance for Senior Adults in Kansas Keep On Moving “There is no medicine that can help overcome the range of conditions for which exercise has been prescribed: obesity, depression, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and coronary heart disease.” - Dr. Walter Bortz, Journal of American Geriatrics Society Circle ‘Round According to the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care in Toronto, exercise increases the supply of blood and nutrients to the brain. Research shows that after a 20 minute walk, older adults perform better on memory tests. Swing Your Partner An active lifestyle has many health benefits for people of all ages. Moderate physical activity, such as walking, swimming, dancing and gardening, and nutritious meals can help improve your health by: - Strengthening your muscles and bones and improving balance. This helps prevent osteoporosis and lowers your risk of falling. - Reducing the pain of arthritis by increasing range of motion and improving the condition of your joints. - Decreasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. - Reducing your risk of heart attack by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Source: Joseph Berg & Michael Bradshaw, Health Benefits of Exercise: The Facts, Kansas State University, August 2001. For information about food assistance for senior adults, call the Kansas SRS Service Center, toll free, at 888-369-4777. Brought to you in partnership with K-State Research & Extension.