Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series to be offered in Sutherland

SUTHERLAND, Iowa – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series this July at the Willoway Complex in Sutherland.

The series is a nutrition and wellness program for adults age 60+ that provides information and tips to help aging adults remain healthy and independent

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in O’Brien County and surrounding counties revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Renee Sweers, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

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 increase their risk of sarcopenia, or age-related muscle wasting.

“During the four sessions of this program, participants will learn more about the health benefits of eating well and moving more,” Sweers said. “We also sample tasty, healthy recipes and exchange health and wellness ideas with our peers.”

Session information is as follows:

  • Session 1: Three Meals a Day - July 3, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Session 2: Feast on Fruits and Vegetables - July 10, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Session 3: Power Up with Protein - July 17, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Session 4: Exercise Your Independence - July 24 or 31, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Date to be determined by returning participants.)

All four sessions of the series will be hosted at Willoway Complex, and are free and open to the public. Individuals are encouraged to attend all or as many sessions as they are able to. RSVPs to Willoway Complex at 712-446-2599 are preferred, but not required.

For more information, contact Renee Sweers at 712-276-2157 or

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