Because nutrition and physical activity in older adults can be critical in the prevention of and progression of chronic disease, Council on Aging began searching for a program that would give older adults the tools and resources to make smart decisions about eating and exercise. The Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults (HealthyEating) program was selected because it can be offered in a variety of community settings such as senior centers, churches and community centers. It is also endorsed by the National Council on Aging.
HealthyEating uses education around nutrition and physical activity to help older adults develop healthier eating habits, lower their blood pressure and/or cholesterol, and lose or maintain weight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture`s MyPlate campaign (www.myplate.gov) serves as the framework for the program.
HealthyEating is open to adults age 60 and older who want to learn about healthy eating and exercise. Participants meet for six weeks in a support group setting and take part in a variety of hands-on activities, including going to the grocery store, learning to read food labels, and making healthy choices when eating out or during food preparation. Participants keep a food journal throughout the program and learn how to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
There is a $20 fee to participate in the program. The fee covers the materials for the class, including the participant workbook, food journal and food for a cooking demonstration.
For information about where HealthyEating workshops are offered or how to host a workshop, contact Paula Martinez at (513) 345-8613.