Community Healthcare Network

Aging is a certain and natural part of life. Our lifestyle choices affect how well we age. It’s never too late to make changes that will promote a longer, healthier life.

Eat a well-balanced diet

Try these foods to help lower stress on the body:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Heart healthy oils (such as olive oil)
  • Whole grains
  • Plant-based proteins (such as beans, nuts, tofu)

Follow the Four Pillars of Successful Aging:

  1. Movement is medicine. Beware of the chair! Sitting too much means less oxygen gets to your brain. Your focus improves with movement. Try dancing for social, physical and emotional benefits.
  2. Social interaction is key. Build 5 or more deep connections with all age groups for coping and high functional aging.
  3. Keep your brain active. Learn new skills to keep your brain strong. Play a new instrument, try word puzzles, new games, or recipes.
  4. Find purpose with something that matters to you. Engage in spiritually fulfilling activities. Spend time in nature. Try listening to music, reading, faith, meditation, volunteering, or spend time with children and family.

How to make Sweet Potato “Nice Cream”


  • 1 cup frozen cubed sweet potatoes
  • 2 frozen sliced bananas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
  • Optional toppings: shredded coconut, almond slices, honey

To prepare:

  1. Add sweet potatoes, bananas, cinnamon, cocoa, and vanilla extract to blender.
  2. Blend until combined.
  3. Add almond milk until you get the desired texture (2-3 tablespoons should do)
  4. Optional: Top with shredded coconut, almond slices, or drizzle of honey.

Adapted from Healthline’s fuel-good anti-aging recipe and shopping list guide.

Do you find yourself rushing through each meal? Do you forget what you had for dinner last night? Instead of rushing through your next meal, try practicing mindful eating. Mindful eating is when you pay attention to your food as you eat. Mindful eating can help you listen to your body about hunger and feeling full. Eating this way can help you enjoy your food and stay at a healthy weight.

Eat mindfully using the 3 S’s:

1. Savor your food. Notice what you are eating. Notice the cold crunch of a raw carrot. Notice the color of a tomato or the taste and smell of a juicy peach. Notice how your mouth reacts. Notice how your food feels on your tongue as you chew.

2. Slow down. Pace yourself by putting your fork or spoon down in between each bite. Take small bites and chew each mouthful slowly. Take a deep breath between each bite. This will help you be more aware of your food, not eat too much, and feel more satisfied during your meal.

3. Stop when you are satisfied with your food. Pay attention to your body’s signs of being full. While you eat, focus on how your stomach feels throughout your meal. As soon as you become full, stop eating to avoid feeling stuffed. Relax in front of your plate for a few minutes to see if you are still hungry. Put away your food after you’re done eating. This will stop you from picking at your food. Take a short walk around the block to help you break down food.

To learn more about wellness contact the Wellness Department at Community Healthcare Network at (212)-432-8494 or email [email protected].