Actively maintaining good health is a challenge that the White Plains Public Library will help participants meet with a nine-week series “It’s Your Move to Better Health” that starts May 9.
“The workshop is targeted to seniors and adults over 18 with a disability,” says Healthy Living program coordinator Lonna Kelly at Putnam Independent Living Services (a satellite office of the not-for-profit Westchester Independent Living Center, which serves seven counties in the Lower Hudson Valley). “We will give advice on healthy eating–from reading nutrition content on labels and the importance of a balanced diet to getting the best value of your dollar–along with reducing stress and improving fitness. It will be interactive and fun.”
Here is the schedule (the one-hour sessions are on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.):
- May 9, 16, 23, 30 — “It’s Your Health.” Kelly will lead programs on nutrition (May 9 and 16), stress reduction (May 23) and fitness (May 30). “At each session, I will give attendees a recipe along with one of the ingredients needed to make the meal,” she says.
- June 6, 13, 20, 27 — “It’s Your Move.” Kelly calls it “gentle yoga,” with an instructor helping participants exercise while sitting or standing and using the chair as a balance.
- July 11 — “It’s Your Grocery Bag.” A certified dietician will give advice on what Kelly describes as “healthy eating for optimal aging. This is a complement to ‘It’s Your Health.'”
Kelly recommends the Department of Agriculture’s choosemyplate.gov as a reference to healthy recipes. There is a link to food produced in New York State, which runs the gamut from apples, carrots and squash to milk, sweet corn and strawberries. (Surprisingly, wheat, which is associated with the Midwest, is also native to the Empire State.)
She also recommends online health newsletters from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. Plus, there are the free phone apps Calm for stress management and Fooducate for nutrition label information by scanning the UPC code on food packaging.
In Westchester, Kelly has run “It’s Your Move to Better Health” at the North Salem and Somers libraries as well as the Pleasantville Senior Center. Registration at the White Plains Library can be for one program or for the entire workshop.
Kelly can be reached at (845) 228-7457; firstname.lastname@example.org.