Seniors learn about healthy meal options

Staff ~ The Nor'wester
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Did you know that around a third of seniors living at home are at risk of not getting adequate nutrition?

This could lead to a number of health problems, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. Community action and information are necessary to create awareness and promote prevention.

In Springdale, Central Health and Life Unlimited For Older Adults (LUFOA) have partnered to deliver a project “Healthy Lunch Notions” in which groups of older adults and youth have been exploring different food choices for lunch.

At the Lifestyle Clinic on Feb. 19 the fourth event in the series — an interactive session at the Valley Vista Rec Centre — was led by public health nurses Karen Melindy and Kim Oldford-Pynn. Funds were provided by the Central Regional Wellness Coalition, and the event was organized by Sharon Pelley, project coordinator for LUFOA.

Ingredients were gathered and prepared to create roast beef pita sandwiches made with non-traditional fillings. The participants prepared dessert consisting of fresh fruit with plain yogurt, maple syrup, and oat bran.

Melindy gave a demonstration illustrating the sugar and salt contents of many common foods. They also discussed healthy food choices and portion size.

The older adults enjoyed tasting new foods and learning more about the connections between nutrition and good health.

Call the Red Leaf Centre at 673-2777 to learn more about participating in “Healthy Food Notions” and the monthly Lifestyle Clinic.

Organizations: Life Unlimited For Older Adults, Lifestyle Clinic, Statistics Canada Valley Vista Rec Centre Central Regional Wellness Coalition Red Leaf Centre

Geographic location: Springdale

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