Last week, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) pilot tested its new wellness program “Move, Exercise and Nourish” in Washington, DC. The event was held on April 13 and 14 at NHCOA’s housing facility Casa Iris and was sponsored by Herbalife and Lauriol Plaza.
During the event, older adults from Casa Iris and the community, as well as caregivers and families, learned about the importance of exercising and physical activities, nutri
tion, and general wellbeing for their health.
“This is an excellent wellness program to help older adults maintain good health every day,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. “Our health is indeed the greatest asset we have; therefore, we must treasure it and protect it.”
The first day of the training consisted of exercises and physical activities. The participants learned about the importance of including physical activities in their routine and how much exercise they need on a daily basis. At the end of the day, participants had the opportunity to practice some of the exercises that were taught during the training. The second day was focused on nutrition and wellbeing. The participants learned about how to eat healthier, taking into consideration the cultural values and traditional foods, of the Hispanic community. Also, they learned about the importance of sleeping and steps they can take to sleep longer and comfortably. Lastly, participants engaged in a discussion about sexual health. The topics discussed during the two day training were reinforced with a bingo game at the end of the training.
During the event, NHCOA announced a new partnership with Herbalife. As a result of this new partnership, Herbalife will provide shakes, meal replacement bars, and protein bars for the residents of Casa Iris.
“Proper nutrition is essential if we want health and good quality of life. However, this can be challenging throughout every stage of life. For older adults, good nutrition is particularly important as a lack of healthy food can trigger or complicate health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease,” said Angela Arboleda, Herbalife’s Vice President for Government and Community Affairs. “Herbalife is proud to partner with organizations like NHCOA to ensure as many people as possible have access to nutritious food and resources to lead healthy, active lifestyles.”
Other officials participating in the event included Jackie Reyes, Director of the Office on Latino Affairs; Claudia Barahona, Constituent Services, Director for Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward One; Sonia Umanzor, Minister Counsellor of Community Affairs for the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington, D.C.; Rhonda Ricks from UnitedHealthcare; and Jackie Geralnick, Public Health Nutritionist from the Office on Aging.
It was an exciting two-day event during which participants had the opportunity to learn how to attain a healthy lifestyle. In addition, participants had the opportunity to enjoy a demonstration on how to make Herbalife shakes and to sample them.
*This blog post is part of NHCOA’s Salud y Bienestar program sponsored by The Walmart Foundation.