Fruit and Veggie Feast” Nutrition and Wellness Class

“Stay Independent: A Healthy Living Series” is a new nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for adults aged 50 and older. This free program continues on Tuesday, May 11, at noon, with a “Fruit and Vegetable Feast” at the Woodward Public Library
“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, MS, RD, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness.
“Usually,” Krisco said, “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, 80s and beyond. For example, eating certain fruits and vegetables can dramatically reduce the risk of certain dementias and of poor vision caused by macular degeneration.”
The Woodward Public Library will be offering this six-week comprehensive course on Tuesdays, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 and 8, from noon to 1 pm, at the Woodward Public Library, 118 S Main St, Woodward, IA 50276.
“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! This coming Tuesday, May 11, participants will sample a “Whole Meal Salad” and a variety of bright, crisp vegetables and fruits with dip.   We’ll discuss the reasons that people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables as well as quick, easy ways to get enough.”
Although the series is free, you must register to attend.  You may register for the entire series or for whichever sessions most interest you:         
May 11:  Feast on Fruits and Vegetables            June 1: Brain Health
May 18: Power Up with Protein                           June 8: Cooking for One or Two
May 25: Exercise Your Independence    
To register for this session of the “Stay Independent: A Healthy Living Series,” call the  Woodward Public Library at (515) 438-2636  or register online at
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