During March, people across the country observe National Nutrition Month.
This is an opportunity to improve one’s wellbeing and learn more about healthy eating. This year, the theme for National Nutrition Month is Go Further with Food. The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC) is committed to the health and wellbeing or our members and the surrounding community, through a variety of nutrition and fitness programs that provide tools for healthy living.
Eating right is key to feeling good and providing your body with the necessary fuel to go about your day. Whether you’re just starting off with a healthy breakfast or getting ready for a workout, the foods you choose to eat can make a significant difference. Learning how to go further with food helps us experience the benefits of eating well and cutting back on waste.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be rigid. Everyone has their own preferences and you can make small changes over time while enjoying your favorite foods within a balanced diet. It is important to remember to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein-rich foods, and dairy in order to get the most nutrients, while also being contentious of your calorie needs.
There is no better time to focus on nutrition. You can join the WPSCC every Wednesday at 10:30 am, as the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, offers the UNI Nutrition program. Class teachers Lynn McCullough, adult nutrition educator from the University of Pennsylvania – Netter Center, and Hellen Rayon, WPSCC health and wellness coordinator, will provide healthy cooking demonstrations and focus on eating strategies that improve your wellbeing. Each session teaches the importance of healthy eating for older adults including tips and habits every senior should know.
Join us and go further on the path to improving your health!
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
- Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Learn more about the West Philadelphia Senior Community Center by visiting our Facebook page at Facebook.com/WestPhilaSCC.