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While many baby boomers understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle in retirement, few know how to best achieve it, according to the results of a recent poll commissioned by Kellogg's® and Prevention magazine.
 
The survey, which included 1,000 people between the ages of 48 and 67, found that approximately 33% of respondents did not know where to begin on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
 
According to the report, there seems to be a disconnect between what people know to be good for them and what they are doing. For example, while more than 80% recognized the importance of a healthy diet, 50% said that they spent more time focusing on their finances than on their heath.
 
Similarly, only about half of respondents knew their cholesterol or body mass index (BMI), while most could easily recall the balance of their checking accounts and credit cards. Half of respondents shared that they were too busy to focus on their health.
 
Kellogg’s® has partnered with Cheryl Forberg, a James Beard award-winning chef and registered dietician, to help boomers find their way to a healthy retirement. Forberg noted that as boomers get older, it often becomes harder for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
 
"The survey found incredible statistics on how the boomer generation wants to be healthy but doesn't know how to achieve that," said Forberg.
 
Where to start
 
Forberg offered several recommendations to get boomers started on the road to healthy living in retirement:
       
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning to start your      day off right. Make sure the meal includes important nutrients, such as      fiber, antioxidants, potassium and omega-3.
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  • Increase muscle mass by adding weight-resistance      exercises to your routine.
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  • Keep moving! This is as simple as a 30 minute walk a      few times a week.
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  • Maintain your weight by planning your meals and snacks      ahead of time.

   

We’d like to hear from you: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? What changes would you like to make in order to have a happy, healthy retirement?