Register Now for ‘Stay Independent’ Nutrition and Wellness Program

“Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for adults age 60 and older. The program begins May 3, 2023, in Spencer, Iowa.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in Clay County revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Amy Jones RD, a human sciences specialist in food and health.

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, Jones 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 five lessons designed to meet the needs of older Iowans: Power Up with Protein, Feast on Fruits and Vegetables, Exercise Your Independence, Brain Health, and Cooking for One or Two.

In-person Workshop

A five-week comprehensive course is being offered Wednesdays in May from 10 to 11 am at the Spencer Public Library. The Spencer Public Library is partnering with Clay County Extension to provide this program to older adults for no charge.

“Each week you’ll take part in an interactive class discussion that includes hands-on activities and taste testing,” Amy Jones said.

Register for “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” online through the Spencer Library Calendar or contact the Spencer Public Library at 712-580-7290 by May 1, 2023.