The Healthy Aging strategy through Extension offers physical activity and nutrition education, and health promotion to elders throughout Nevada. The Healthy Aging strategy is partially funded by the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Extension's Healthy Aging perform a Physical Activity and Nutrition Environmental Scan to determine need and coordinates and implements programming to meet those needs. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to support limited-resource families in making healthy food and lifestyle choices. The Healthy Aging strategy through Extension offers the following SNAP-Ed programs to provide skills that support making healthy eating choices and encouraging an active lifestyle. Overall, the goal of these programs is to provide educational offerings that improve the health and quality of life of Nevada's older adult population.
Bingocize mixes exercise, health education, and bingo to get seniors to exercise, socialize and have fun. The 10-week evidence-based program is meant to be played twice a week on nonconsecutive days, and each session usually lasts 45-60 minutes. The program offers three types of curriculum: exercise only, falls prevention and nutrition. It can also be implemented remotely or in a traditional face-to-face setting. Since 2011, it has been successfully implemented in assisted living and independent living facilities across the country. In Nevada, it will be implemented in limited-resource apartment complexes and senior centers in Churchill, Clark, Elko, Lyon, Pershing and White Pine counties.
Cooking Matters has been teaching parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals – building a world where healthy eating choices are available for everyone. Food skills education--practical education for individuals to purchase and prepare foods that meet their nutrition, budget, and personal needs--can be a lifeline for families struggling with hunger. Every parent wants the best for their child, and many know what foods would be best to serve. But when time or money is limited, parents want reliable ways to feed their kids healthy foods in a hurry. Knowing how to shop more efficiently by using the nutrition facts label and unit pricing, feeling confident about modifying recipes to appeal to picky eaters or to accommodate a missing ingredient, and having a plan for the week’s meals are some of the critical food skills that can ease the burden for many low-income families. The program will be offered in Nevada to grandparents and foster grandparents through respite programs in Southern Nevada and for tri-generational families where grandparents are responsible for the day-to-day care of their grandchildren in other parts of Nevada, including Churchill and Lyon county.
The monthly newsletter is a great resource for information on the importance of exercise, health and nutrition, and highlights upcoming nutrition and physical activity events, and so much more.
A nutrition education program that includes food demonstrations and a recipe book, using Three Square Food Bank Senior Share supplemental grocery baskets. It is an evidenced-based curriculum from Pennsylvania State University that consists of nine, 45-minute lessons that cover important nutrition topics for older adults. The lessons can be taught individually or as a series. Each lesson includes educational information, handouts, dietary guidelines, and food demonstration taste testing. Lesson topics include: Great Grain Discoveries, All-Star Senior Snacks, Hearth Healthy Meals for 1 or 2, Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs, Savory Soups, Fitness Fun, Evaluating Dietary Supplements for Seniors, Dietary Fat - Fact or Fiction?, New Concepts in Weight Control - Energy Density. Since 2017, the program has been conducted in five sites in Clark County and will be adopted in three additional counties in 2019.
Provided through the Garden Nutrition Education program. The Garden Nutrition Education Program supports the garden component of Extension's mission to promote health. Garden education efforts empower participants of all ages to grow their own affordable and nutrient-dense food. Gardening provides older adults with moderate daily exercise that can improve their flexibility, coordination, muscle and cardiovascular health, and general physical wellness. Gardens are also wonderful gathering places to build a community around healthy and sustainable food.
For more information or to see if these programs can be provided at your recreation center, senior center, place of congregation or senior living housing complex, please contact a member of the Healthy Aging faculty below or email Dakota Clark.