Register now for ‘Stay Independent’ nutrition and wellness program in Cherokee

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

“Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a nutrition and wellness program offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach for adults age 60 and older. The four-session program will be offered September 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the first-floor conference room of Cherokee Regional Medical Center located at 300 Sioux Valley Drive in Cherokee.

Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans reveal that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished.

The key behaviors placing these adults at risk are not eating three meals a day and limited intake of produce and protein. In addition, most are not physically active, which can lead to muscle-wasting and difficulty performing activities of daily living, according to Ann Parker, Human Sciences Specialist in Nutrition and Wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The “Stay Independent” program includes four weekly lessons designed to meet the wellness needs of older Iowans. The sessions include: Three Meals a Day, Feast on Fruits and Vegetables, Power Up with Protein, and Exercise Your Independence. Each lesson will include interactive discussion, hands-on activities, and taste testing.

The program is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is requested to plan accordingly for supplies and space. To sign up for “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” or to ask questions, call the ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County office at 712-225-6196 or stop into the office located at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee.