Self Care for Better Physical Health

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Under the leadership of member Elissa Arfa, a psychiatric nurse with a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration, the February meeting focused the need to care for oneself.  We need to do those many things over which we have control.  Elisa mentioned the importance in health of screening tests, vaccines, exercise, nutrition, and “knowing our numbers,” like blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.  

Quoting Hypocrites, who said, “let food be thy medicine,” she reminded the group of the general rules for healthy eating like having a plant-based diet with colorful foods, and suggested a number of resources that provide valuable information about nutrition. The benefits of eating well, being outside—and active—are ours to gain.  She mentioned several foods that were particularly beneficial and shared her home-made granola.

Members of the group raised questions about the value—or lack thereof—of various medical test as we grow older, particularly colonoscopies and mammograms.  Before turning to the second segment of the meeting, Elissa referred to a Time magazine article that reminded everyone of the benefit of exercise and being out of doors.


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