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The Art of Aging Well

Updated: Apr 13



When we think about what it means to live a healthy life at any age, our minds usually go directly to nutrition and exercise. There is an infinite amount of scientific research to educate us on what our bodies need to thrive. But there is also an art to living and aging well. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) teaches the concept of primary and secondary foods. This was a new concept to me and perhaps it is to you as well. According to the IIN,


Primary foods are all those things that feed us beyond the plate — our spirituality, jobs, relationships, recreational and physical activities. These are the “foods” that sustain our life — those that give us the joy, meaning or fulfillment, those that make life worth living.


Secondary foods are the stuff you put on your plate, then into your mouth and body. They are the food you eat, the liquids you drink, the nutrients you ingest on a daily basis. When either one of these life-sustaining “foods” are out of balance, we are not living our healthiest, most fulling and rewarding life.


Statera is offering a new small-group wellness education course that will focus on balancing your primary and secondary foods and creating a personal plan for moving forward toward a healthier, happier YOU! Aging Well—Creating Your Path Forward— is designed for men and women, 45 and over, who are ready to take charge of their health and wellness. Sessions will be held at Statera on Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30, September 14th through November 16th. Class size is limited – so early registration is strongly suggested.


For more information contact Dr. Linda Peterson at lpeterson@stateraintegrated.com or call the office at 563-207-8932. I would love to join you on your wellness journey and hope to see you in class!


Live Well,


Coach Linda

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