Exercising the Body Benefits the Mind, Too

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. While regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of healthy aging, its impact on mental health has remained less explored — until now. For these studies, researchers from the United States, Canada and Japan...

Just the Right Amount of Stress.

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Being regularly overworked and stressed out likely leads to health problems long-term, but feeling bored or having too much time on your hands can also have negative effects, a government-sponsored study from Germany on health and safety issues...

Does Outlook on Life Influence Longevity?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. That staying physically and mentally fit is important for healthy aging is old news. But how our attitudes can also influence how long we live is not as well understood. Now, a study  from England concluded that being happy, enjoying life, or...

Why Some People Never Seem to Get Sick.

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to...

Is Breakfast Important?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. A good breakfast sets the tone for sound eating habits throughout the day. For the longest time, nutrition experts have emphasized the importance of eating breakfast. But while numerous studies have been conducted on the subject, it has never...

Retirement and Second Chances

By Timi Gustafson, R.D.  I’m officially retired — a fact confirmed by Social Security and AARP newsletters. I have been added to the demographic category of “seniors” and I qualify for discounts I never knew about. There are people in my life who call me “Nana” and...