What is RSL Life Care? Find out
A-healthy-diet-for-a-healthy-heart3 | RSL LifeCare - provide care and service to war veterans, retirement villages and accommodation, aged care services and assisted living
May 17, 2016

A healthy diet for a healthy heart

Valentine’s Day saw people thinking of love and things of the heart and we thought it would be a good time to focus on making sure that what you eat helps your heart and your general well-being.

  • Live longer and stronger: Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and fights illness. A proper diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes.
  • Sharpen your mind: Key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Feel better: Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a boost to your mood and self-esteem. It’s all connected – when your body feels good, you feel happier inside and out.

You can feel better now and stay healthy for the future by choosing wholesome, nutritious foods. A balanced diet and physical activity contribute to a higher quality of life and enhanced independence as you age.

Food your body needs as you age:

  • Fruit – Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fibre and vitamins and aim for at least 2-3 servings each day. Break the apple and banana rut and go for berries or melons.
  • Veggies – Colour is the key. Choose rich, dark, leafy greens (such as kale, spinach and broccoli), as well as orange and yellow vegetables (such as carrots, squash and yams). Try for 2-3 cups of veggies every day. Please note, leafy green vegetables may be contraindicated if you are on blood thinning drugs.
  • Calcium – Maintaining bone health as you age depends on adequate calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. You need 1,200mg of calcium a day through servings of milk, yoghurt or cheese.
  • Grains – Choose whole grains over processed white flour for more nutrients and more fibre. If you’re not sure, look for pasta, breads and cereals that list “whole” in the ingredient list.
  • Protein – As well as red meat, include more fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts, seeds, milk and cheese in your diet.

Remember that all these things are a guide and it’s still okay to have a treat now and then. So if the love of your life gives you chocolates – enjoy!!

Blog Posts

Help for Vets in Need

Veterans’ Services

Find out more

Latest News

array(2) { [0]=> int(175) [1]=> int(41) }

The Incredible Journey of John Currie: A Life Anchored in Service​

"I was born in Western Australia as an only child to a family with proud Scottish heritage. Growing up, my roots lay in the Methodist church,...

Read more
Grace Lane

Embracing Life’s Symphony: Grace Lane’s Remarkable Journey

"Life at RSL LifeCare has been a surprising adventure for me. When I first arrived, my plan was simple - to do absolutely nothing. Little...

Read more

Peter Boughton: A Life of Service and Treasured Memories

Peter Boughton was born on February 18, 1951, at the Sydney Women's Hospital. His early years were filled with beautiful memories, especially his close bond...

Read more
Queanbeyan VWC Announcement

RSL LifeCare receives $5.445 million in funding to deliver a new Veteran Wellbeing Hub in Queanbeyan

RSL LifeCare, in partnership with RSL NSW, will receive a $5.445 million grant from the Federal Government to develop a Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in...

Read more

Jacquie’s 16 Years of Heartfelt Volunteering at RSL LifeCare

"I'm Jacquie, short for Jacquelyn Finley. I'm 76 years old, and I've been a volunteer at RSL LifeCare John Goodlet Manor for nearly 16 years now.​ You...

Read more

Margaret’s Journey: From Humble Beginnings to Cherished Community Life​

"I was born in the lively neighbourhood of Willoughby and soon moved to Balgowlah Heights at the age of five. Growing up in a bustling...

Read more
Joan Herringe

Joan’s Creative Pursuits: Knitting, Puzzles, and Cherished Moments at RSL LifeCare​

Many residents at RSL LifeCare love to participate in a variety of hobbies that keep their minds and hearts engaged. One such resident is Joan Herringe from RSL LifeCare Connie Fall. One...

Read more

Positive impact of Intergenerational Relationships

The power of intergenerational relationships has been demonstrated on ABC's Old People's Home for Teenagers, featuring residents from RSL LifeCare's Le Hamel Retirement Village and students...

Read more
Veteran Wellbeing Centre community event

RSL LifeCare secures $1.7 million funding to establish Central Coast Veteran and Family Hub and $243,000 for a centre at Bardia Barracks

RSL LifeCare has received $1.7 million in funding from the Albanese Government’s Veteran Wellbeing Grants One-Off Program to establish a veteran and family hub-like experience...

Read more

RSL LifeCare awarded $520,341 in government funding to enhance Veteran wellbeing services in Riverina

RSL LifeCare has secured $520,341 in funding from the Albanese Government’s Veterans Wellbeing Grants One-Off program that will be used to expand its services and...

Read more

George Carpenter’s Inspiring Dedication to Preserving Military History

George Carpenter, an 87 year old resident of RSL ANZAC Village in Narrabeen, has been volunteering at the RSL LifeCare War Museum for three years...

Read more

RSL LifeCare Nowra Community Unveils Visionary Expansion, Elevating Retirement Living to New Heights

RSL LifeCare has today announced Stage 2 release of its Dumaresq Retirement Village at RSL LifeCare Nowra Community. The expansion brings an array of new...

Read more

Download a brochure

We'll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time, we promise

Career Application Single

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact Veteran Services

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Are you ready to explore a new operations role with extra benefits?

Take your career in a new direction RSL LifeCare.

Search for an operations role at an RSL LifeCare Residential Aged Care facility in the Southern NSW region. Take a look at all our current positions here.

1. 100% funding on participating certifications

Undertake a participating certification through the RSL LifeCare Earn and Learn Incentive Program1 and you could be eligible to have your learning fully funded.

2. Cash bonus of up to $1000 (less income tax).

Through the RSL LifeCare Sign-on Bonus, you could be eligible for two split payments of $500 (less income tax), when you start a new role with us.

Contact Homes for Heroes today