‘Stay Independent’ helps adults age 60 and older

Register now for ‘Stay Independent’ nutrition and wellness program

“Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a new nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for adults age 60 and older. The program begins November 3, 2021 in Pocahontas.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in Pocahontas, revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Holly VanHeel, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness.

The key behaviors placing these adults at risk are not eating three meals a day and limited intakes of produce and protein. In addition, most are not physically active, which can increase their risk of sarcopenia, or age-related muscle wasting, VanHeel said.

“Stay Independent” provides research-based nutrition and wellness information intended to help adults age 60 and older reduce their nutritional risk through lifestyle changes. The program includes four lessons designed to meet the needs of older Iowans: Power Up with Protein, Exercise Your Independence, Brain Health and Three Meals a Day.

In-person Lesson Option

A four-week comprehensive course is being offered on Wednesdays in November from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach office. The cost is $5 per participant.

“Each week you’ll take part in an interactive class discussion that includes hands-on activities,” VanHeel said.

To sign up for “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” contact the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach office at 712.335.3103 by November 1, 2021.


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