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Fresh Conversations


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person Fresh Conversations has been delayed until further notice. We are currently offering online webinar sessions. Click here for more information on current webinar programs.

The Fresh Conversations offers friendly conversation to help you maintain your health and independence. Adults over 50 years of age, can join us online to learn from each other, discuss current nutrition and health topics, and discover new ways to be active.

Fresh Conversations: Maryland Nutrition Education Program For Older Adults

Fresh Conversations is a nutrition education program for Maryland's older adults. In Maryland, the program is administered by the University of Maryland Extension faculty and Fresh Conversations Certified Trainers. The Iowa Department of Public Health created Fresh Conversations in partnership with Iowa’s Department of Human Services and Department on Aging. Original funding for the program came from USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program or SNAP.

What is Fresh Conversations Program?

This (approximately one hour long) monthly program offers an array of nutrition, wellness, and health-related topics to older adults at senior centers and sites where they congregate. The sessions are filled with interactive activities, lively discussions, tasting opportunities and physical activity demonstrations.

Each month, participants will receive a vibrantly colored newsletter featuring relevant research-based health information, physical activity tips, mind-stimulating games, easy low cost recipes, and an area to write down and track goals.

Our Wonderful Program Partner 

The Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) helps establish Maryland as an attractive location for all older adults through vibrant communities and supportive services that offer the opportunity to live healthy and meaningful lives. MDoA and the statewide network of 19 Area Agencies on Aging assist older Marylanders with a range of services and sources of information. MDoA administers state and federal programs, many of which are significantly lower in cost than nursing home placement. 

Who is Eligible to Participate in Fresh Conversations?

Maryland older adults receiving services from the local senior centers or sites where they congregate are eligible to participate in the program. 

What Newsletter Topics Will be Discussed in 2020?*

  • Healthy Foods, Healthy Brain 
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer: Preventable, Not Inevitable
  • Macular Degeneration: Sight-Saving Strategies
  • Are Healthy Bones Important?
  • Fuel Your Independence with Protein
  • Fresh Herbs: Don’t Miss Out on Summer Flavor
  • Summer Check-Up  

*Disclaimer: Number of sessions and topics covered may vary by site. Check with your local site or local UME-FCS faculty to find out what topics are offered in your area.

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