NDSU helps people 50-plus eat healthy
The North Dakota State University Extension Service has created Nourishing Boomers and Beyond, a program to provide North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to eat more nutritiously and be more physically active so they can reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.
Extension agents will hold monthly classes in many rural North Dakota counties. Each month’s class will focus on one topic, such as how to keep your eyes healthy. Other topics include how to keep your heart, brain, muscles, digestive system, skin, bones and joints healthy; how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet; how to sort fact from fiction in claims for health products or services; where to go for reliable health and nutrition information; and how to deal with stress and mental health issues.
Classes will include hands-on activities and time for discussion. Participants will receive material such as handouts and healthful recipes to take home.
If you aren’t able to attend a class or want more information on the topic covered in a session, you can visit the program’s website. Anyone can sign up for the free monthly newsletter by visiting the website or contacting your local extension office. Participating county extension offices also will have Facebook pages to interact with their clients.
“Our goal is to provide nutrition and overall wellness education and online support to help adults sustain a healthy lifestyle,” says Julie Garden-Robinson, extension food and nutrition specialist and project director.
Future lesson topics include evaluating sources of health and nutrition information in March and eye health in April. The project is supported bya Rural Health and Safety
Education program grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.