Spotlight on Women's Health
An Interview About Healthy Aging: Marine Wong
September 01, 2014
As much as we might want to deny it, we know that aging is a natural part of life. But aging doesn't have to mean poor health or a loss of independence. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you stay active, healthy, and productive! And it's never too late to start taking steps to improve your wellbeing. Just ask Marine Wong. After her granddaughter was born, Marine decided she wanted to be healthier. Read our interview with Marine to learn her tips for healthy aging.
Marine Wong loves being a grandmother, but she understands it's an important responsibility. When her granddaughter was born, she decided she wanted to be healthier. Today, Marine takes steps for better health by eating better and getting more exercise.
Q: How old are you?
A: I'm 62.
Q: Can you tell us how your thoughts about healthy aging changed after your granddaughter was born?
A: After my granddaughter was born, I made the decision to be healthier so I can spend more time with her. I want to be able to take care of her and play with her.
Q: What do you do to stay active?
A: I walk at the park with my sister a couple times a week. I also try to go hiking with my friends on the weekends. We are all trying to be healthier by getting more exercise and eating better.
Q: Did your eating habits change?
A: Yes. I try to eat lighter foods, so I stay away from deep-fried food and salty sauces.
Q: Have you noticed a difference in how you feel?
A: Yes. I am able to walk farther in the same amount of time it used to take me to walk shorter distances. I am also able to go faster without getting out of breath. Best of all, I am able to take walks with my granddaughter when she is visiting. I enjoy watching her run around in the park.
Q: Do you have any tips for making smart food choices?
A: I try to stay away from all "white" food. So I avoid white rice, white bread, salt, and sugar. Cutting those things out has made my meals lighter and healthier.
Q: What advice would you give to women who think they're too old to exercise?
A: One little step at a time. I started out by walking in my driveway, then around the block, and now with my sister at the park. My friends and I started taking short hikes. Now we can hike more than three miles!
Q: Another important part of healthy aging is staying up-to-date with medical checkups. Why do you think it's important to get regular care?
A: It is very important to maintain your health and get regular checkups. It's especially important at this age where we feel aches and pains. Getting regular care enables us to check for any potential problems.
My daughter helps me, too. She's a nurse, so she looks at my test results and tells me if I'm doing a good job maintaining things like healthy cholesterol levels.
Q: Do you do anything to stay mentally fit, too?
A: I try to play puzzle games to keep my mind fit. And when I'm with my granddaughter, who is 5, we go over the multiplication tables and play puzzle games.
Q: What advice would you give to other women about healthy aging?
A: Your body is the only one you have, so take good care of it. You will feel and show what you put in your body, so put good food in your body. You will feel better, younger, and stronger.
Q: Are there any other wellness tips you'd like to share?
A: I like to do early morning walks. The air is clean and it helps me get my day started right. I feel like it also boosts my energy for the day.
To learn more about making the most of the years ahead, please visit our section on Healthy Aging.
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The statements and opinions in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health.