“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 includes four sessions that will be held Oct. 10, Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fair Haven East, 607 E 3rd Street in Pella.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in Marion County revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Sara Sprouse, 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, said Sprouse.

The program 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: Three Meals a Day, Feast on Fruits and Vegetables, Power Up with Protein and Exercise Your Independence.

For more information or to register for the program, contact Natasha Nikkel at nnikkel@wesleylife.org or call (641)628-1244. This program is sponsored by Hearthstone, a Ministry of WesleyLife.

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