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HBCOA at the forefront of aging issues
Officially recognized by the City Council of Huntington Beach as representing its local senior citizens, the HBCOA was awarded non-profit status in 1973 and has always been at the forefront of aging issues. During the design stage of the new Senior Center in Central Park, the City Council directed the HBCOA to provide input related to the overall design of the new center.
Dear HBCOA Members,
Thank you for your support of and participation in the Huntington Beach Council on Aging. The next quarterly member’s meeting will be at the Valentine’s Day Luncheon on Friday, February 14, 2020, beginning at 11am. Please reserve your seat by going to the Senior Center in Central Park Café and reserving your place. It will sell out so don’t delay.
February is also a time to remember that taking care of our heart health is an important part of aging in place and staying as active as possible. There are several educational classes at the Senior Center in Central Park and throughout the community to help you in your heart health journey. And if you haven’t already scheduled your annual wellness visit with your doctor, here’s your friendly reminder!
Finally, I want to thank our wonderful HBCOA donors and volunteers for their generosity and hard work. When you see them, please say hello. Here’s to your heart health!
Senior Center Message
Happy February Senior Center members! We hope that you’re having a great start to 2020 and enjoying all of the winter classes and activities here. We do have one City recognized holiday this month: President's Day! With that being said, we will be closed on Monday, February 17th and we will reopen on Tuesday, February 18th at 8a.m.
Not only is February a celebration of U.S. presidents and love (Valentine’s Day), but it is also American Heart Month. This month we draw attention and awareness to society’s most prolific killer: heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, with few things coming even remotely close. In the U.S., the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which can lead to a heart attack. It’s important to realize that you can greatly reduce your risk for coronary heart disease through lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking. Heart disease is essentially caused by two issues: high LDL cholesterol and inflammation. So this month the Senior Center team asked me to briefly touch base on inflammation as it relates to healthy eating.
What we choose to eat and drink has a profound effect on the inflammation that occurs in our body. If we eat healthy whole foods, then our risk of inflammation and pain generally lowers. Conversely, if we eat processed foods, added sugars, unhealthy fats, and additives, then our chances of having inflammation and suffering from aches and pains will increase. Seven foods or “food groups” that generally increase inflammation are processed meat (hot dogs, hamburgers), trans fat (fried and packaged food), excessive alcohol, gluten (wheat and bread), vegetable oils (canola oil and soybean oil), refined carbohydrates (bread, cakes, cookies), and sugar (soda, high fructose corn syrup, candy, pastries).
This year do your best to lower your inflammation and, hopefully, the risk of heart disease by making smart nutritional choices and avoiding the foods mentioned above!
-Scott Getman, Wellness Coordinator