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Natalie Mazzullo

Healthy Aging Initiative Faculty
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Summary

Natalie Mazzullo is Healthy Aging Initiative faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno Extension. Ms. Mazzullo was recently re-appointed by Governor Lombardo to the Commission on Aging. This is her second term. She is a lead teacher and facilitator for AARP's Disrupt Aging Classroom and a scholar in health literacy for older adults. She holds certificates in gerontology, healthy aging and inter-professional geriatrics care. In addition to that, she serves on the inter-professional geriatric curriculum committee for the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a member of the American Society on Aging and the Gerontological Society of America. Her undergraduate degree is in public health and her master’s degree is in curriculum development using educational technology. She has been working in public health and championing marginalized individuals since the late 1990s. She also works tirelessly to dispel ageism and ageist language. 

Programs

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Healthy Aging Initiative

Using Extension's expertise, the Healthy Aging Initiative (HAI) can connect you with the resources you need to navigate aging and the aging trend. The HAI program offers classes for older adults and those who work with, support and serve as care partners for older adults. Classes include physical activity, nutrition, family and care partner violence, turning your hobby into a small income stream or volunteer opportunities. In addition, we offer information outlining careers in aging, professiona

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
Summer Safety Fact Sheet
Summer Safety for Older Adults
This fact sheet contains information on summer safety for older adults to help them stay healthy and active. Learn more about different activities an older adult can do to live longer and prevent danger to one's health.
Collins, C. and Petermeier, H. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-04
Snap Pea
Pass The Peas, Please
This fact sheet contains great facts about peas and two recipes that anyone can do to eat healthier.
Wilson, M. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-27
Pick of the Crop Oranges
Pick of the Crop Oranges
This fact sheet contains extensive information on oranges facts and dishes anyone can try.
Wilson, M. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-24
Winter Safety for Older Adults
This fact sheet contains information on ways older adults can stay healthy and active during the winter. Learn about the illness and accidents an older adult can fact if they are not healthy and ways to prevent it.
Collins, C. and Petermeier, H. 2001, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-11-02
Recipes
Apple salad ingredient illustration by Jessie Boulard
Apple Salad
For Apple Month, we are sharing a recipe from the “Healthy Cooking the Anishinaabek Way” cookbook.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Baked Flaked Chicken
Baked Flaked Chicken
This light and healthy baked-fried chicken. You can use leftovers to cut up or shred to add to soup or salads,
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Banana-Walnut Overnight Oats
Banana Crumble
Did you know that a banana is technically not a fruit, but a berry? This has to do with the fact that the seeds are inside the flesh rather than outside. 
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Barley and Lential Soup
Barley and Lentil Soup
Any time of year, a good bowl of healthy and hearty soup can be had. However, did you know January is declared the “unofficial” National Soup Month and Jan. 6 celebrates National Bean Day? 
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas
You don’t have to go to a restaurant to have delicious fajitas for dinner! The cumin in this recipe helps promote better mental health and sharpen memory by nourishing brain cells. Skip the tortilla and enjoy these fajitas in a bowl with your favorite toppings!
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Easy Pizza
Easy Pizza
Make this easy homemade pizza snack with English muffins or a slice of bread, you can choose your own healthy ingredients.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Egg Bites
Egg Bites
The perfect recipe for a quick and easy breakfast and a great way to get some protein in the morning before starting your day!
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Fresh Fruit with Warm Honey Yogurt Topping
Fresh Fruit with Warm Honey Yogurt Topping
Explore different fruits throughout the year. Seasonal produce in your area will vary by growing conditions and weather. Remember, fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits are delicious ways to make every bite count!
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Frittata Recipe
Frittata Recipe
Try this versatile and easily customizable frittata recipe. You can use all kinds of seasonal, fresh, canned, or frozen veggies, leftover lean meats, and any low-fat cheese you have on hand, even low-fat cream cheese. Serve it for breakfast or any time of the day.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Holiday Roasted Butternut Squash
Holiday Roasted Butternut Squash
Butternut squash has a taste similar to sweet potato and can be substituted in recipes that call for sweet potato.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Kidney bean and chickpea salad
Kidney Bean and Chickpea Salad
Beans are a great choice. Beans contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is considered essential because it is the only one of the three omega-3 fatty acids your body cannot synthesize. Beans offer a great way to avoid the undesired fats, cholesterol and potential toxins frequently linked to other high-omega 3 foods.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Mango Salsa
Mango Salsa
According to mango.org, a cup of mango provides 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Besides Vitamin C, mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and other antioxidants, which aid in keeping your immune system strong, cholesterol control and vision care.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Overnight Oatmeal with Berries
Overnight Oatmeal with Berries
A mixture of milk, yogurt, and raspberries combine with dry oats to become a smooth make-ahead breakfast.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Pasta with Beans and Greens
Pasta with Beans and Greens
To identify whole wheat pasta, make sure the first ingredient reads whole-wheat flour or look for the Whole Grains Council whole grain stamp.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
Try this easy all-American favorite: macaroni and cheese. Add cream cheese, low-fat grated cheese and fresh or frozen broccoli to this recipe. Throw in a can of rinsed and drained white beans for added fiber and a complete protein.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Strawberries
Strawberry Quinoa Salad
Strawberry Quinoa Salad is a heart-healthy, low-sodium recipe to nourish your body.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Sunshine Salad
Sunshine Salad
Any way you toss it, oranges help brighten up this tasty spinach and veggie salad. Enjoy a healthy salad this week with a quick and easy spinach salad.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
The Works Pizza
The Works Pizza
It costs less to make your own, and you can make it the way you like. It’s easy to do and you know exactly what’s in it.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Vegetable Stew
Vegetable Stew
Green chili pepper adds spice and flavor to this potato, corn and summer squash stew!
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Healthy LIVING while aging! Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Raspberries in Yogurt
Yogurt Parfait
A yogurt parfait with berries is not only delicious and versatile but also a nutritious choice for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.
Mazzullo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Watermelon, Corn, Feta Salad
Watermelon Corn Feta Salad
Watermelon is rich in lycopene, linked to healthy eyes, heart health, and protection against certain types of cancers.
Mazzullo, N. Wedding. H. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Flavorful Green Beans
Flavorful Green Beans
Flavorful Green Beans:The seasonings are perfect companions to the green beans. Add sliced mushrooms to make this a healthy version of a traditional Thanksgiving favorite!
Mazzulloo, N. 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
Chicken with Apples and Rice
Chicken with Apples and Raisins
Chicken with Apples and Raisins ~ A flavorful fall dish that can be enhanced by adding ½ cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts.
N. Mazzullo 2024, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Recipes
tacos
Lentil and Quinoa Tacos
What you'll need: Large skillet Spatula or spoon Measuring cups Measuring spoons Cutting board Sharp knife Small bowl Whisk or fork Stovetop
.Mazzullo, N. 2022, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 6
kale
Kale Salad with Pomegranates and Lemon Vinaigrette
What you'll need: Small bowl Whisk or fork Measuring spoons Measuring cups Large bowl Spatula or spoon
Mazzullo, N. 2022, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 5
Egg scramble topped with red pepper pesto
Eggs and Spinach Scramble with Red Pepper Pesto
Everyone will love this "eggs-ellent" brain healthy breakfast recipe!
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter
A bowl of oatmeal with fruit and nuts.
Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
A breakfast rich in fiber, protein and dairy.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2021-03)
A bowl of fruit with a streusel topping.
Mixed Berry Crisp
This dessert will tantalize your taste buds and offer heart-health benefits.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2021-02)
A plate of pasta with spring vegetables.
Pasta Primavera
A flavorful spring recipe for you and your family to savor.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2021-04)
Bowl of black-eyed peas.
Quick and Healthy Black-Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year's dish for some people and a healthy way to start the year.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2021-01)
Mixed Berry Chia Jam
Festive Fruit Bark
Berries are delicious and nutritious. Try different combinations of berries, jelly and jams.
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 3
Mixed Berry Chia Jam
Mixed Berry Chia Jam
A quick jam to help you sweeten up breakfast and use up any leftover berries before they spoil!
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 3
Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas and Lemon Tahini Dressing
Roasted Cauliflower with Chickpeas and Lemon Tahini Dressing
What you'll need: Large bowl Small bowl Whisk or fork Measuring spoons Baking sheet Spatula or spoon Oven Oven mitt
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 2
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup
A healthy soup that is fun, fast, tasty and fits your budget.
Mazzullo, N. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada Reno, Cooking Series, Season 1, Episode 1
A jar of peanut butter dip
Creamy Peanut Dip
A dip that is great with fruit and vegetables.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2020-08)
A bowl of butternut squash stew.
Fall Butternut Squash Stew
A seasonal stew great for enjoying fall flavors and produce.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2020-10)
A bowl of green beans and mushrooms.
Green Bean Sauté
An easy side dish for Thanksgiving or any time of year!
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2020-11)
A bunch of kale.
Kale Soy Salad
A quick salad that is easy to prepare and tasty.
Extension's Healthy Aging Program 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Newsletter - Healthy LIVING while aging! (2020-08)