Give Mom the Gift of Health

From checkups to chicken soup, temperature monitoring to vitamin dispensing, mom always has your back when it comes to your health. This Mother’s Day, repay the favor.

  1. Be a health buddy.  Whether it’s accompanying her to doctor appointments, organizing her medical records, or challenging her to increase her daily steps, good health is always easier to achieve when you have a partner.
  2. Create a family medical tree. Ask your mom about any medical conditions her parents and siblings have/had, causes of death, etc. Putting it all down in writing can help both your mom and your entire family see health risks of which you need to be aware.
  3. Help her get a better night’s sleep. Even though sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood, many older adults find it harder to fall and stay asleep. Since it’s well known that adequate sleep lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes, improves mood, and aids in weight loss, consider getting mom some luxurious bedding, a supportive mattress, or a super-comfy body pillow to help her feel refreshed every morning.
  4. Make meals easy. One in four older Americans suffers from poor nutrition. Make healthy eating simple by enrolling your mom in a service that provides fresh, nutritious meals. Some areas even offer a drop-in chef service, where professional cooks come into homes and make meals for the week.
  5. Satisfy her sweet tooth – but not with empty calories. Chocolate-covered strawberries or some tropical fruits drizzled with honey provide antioxidants. Chocolate Sensations and 100-Calorie Protein Bars (try the Iced Lemon Shortbread) are nutritiously sweet treats.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their phase of the program.