Register for ‘Stay Independent’ nutrition, wellness program


AMES, Iowa — “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a new program in nutrition and wellness for adults aged 60 and older offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The free program begins Tuesday, May 4 at noon at the Woodward Public Library and will continue every Tuesday through June 8.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in Dallas County revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Mary Krisco, human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension.

“Usually, most people in their 50s and 60s are unaware of the simple, enjoyable things they can do now to preserve their health and reduce their risk of frailty in their 70s and 80s and beyond,” Krisco said.

“Stay Independent” provides practical, research-based nutrition and wellness information intended to help older adults maintain their health and vitality in the years to come.

The Woodward Public Library will be offering this six-week comprehensive course on May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 and 8, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Woodward Public Library, 118 S. Main St. in Woodward.

“Each week you’ll take part in an interactive discussion that includes hands-on activities and taste testing,” Krisco said. “It’s a fun way to spend your lunch hour!”

Although the series is free, registration is required. You may register for the entire series or for whichever sessions most interest you:

  • May 4: Three Meals a Day
  • May 11: Feast on Fruits and Vegetables
  • May 18: Power Up with Protein
  • May 25: Exercise Your Independence
  • June 1: Brain Health
  • June 8: Cooking for One or Two

To register for “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series,” call the Woodward Public Library at 515-438-2636 or register online at ISU Extension.


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