Enthusiastic students came out for the second class of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Eat Smart, Live Strong program held at the Harrington Senior Center.
The program is designed for seniors. Asia Thurston, Community Nutrition Educator, engages the participants for an hour, offering helpful suggestions on how to set healthy goals and also how to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and 30 minutes of exercise into their daily routine.
Since this is the second class, Asia asked for some feedback. In the first class, she provided participants with a system to track whether they ate one and a half cups of fruit and two cups of vegetables each day. They were also asked to note how much time they were engaged in exercise or activity each day.
“Everybody says they see a difference,” Asia said.
Asia explained that fruits and vegetables offer vitamins, minerals and increased fiber, while exercise improves balance while providing more energy and decreasing stress and anxiety.
“It reduces the risk of falling,” she added.
After the review, Asia addressed some challenges to the both the nutritional and fitness aspects to program. And she also offered solutions.
For example, some seniors may be concerned about the cost of produce. Asia suggested fruits and vegetables could be more affordable at a farmers market or free from their own garden.
She also responded to common objections that people find to exercising, including physical limitations or the cost of join a gym. So she provided some low or no-cost solutions to those stumbling blocks.
And like traditional classes, this one ended with the instructor assigning homework so these students could maintain their commitment to incorporating healthier eating and more activity in their lives.
For more information about programs offered by the Food Bank of Delaware, visit http://www.fbd.org.