It’s Your Grocery Bag

On July 11, 2017, 10:30am, the Library will offer this dietician led workshop.  Eating for Optimal Aging takes a look at how eating well can enrich your life and the natural  process of aging. Eating well and meeting your nutritional needs is important to staying healthy, having energy and feeling good. You probably know the basics of a healthy diet but what’s especially important for us as we age?

“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.”

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.

Kelly can be reached at (845) 228-7457; lkelly@putnamils.org.

 

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