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Fresh Conversations: Heart Healthy Fats, with Shauna Henley, PhD & Terry Serio

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Shauna Henley, PhD and Terry Serio


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 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 Story 

University of Maryland Extension (UME) Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) is a unit within University of Maryland Extension that focuses on strengthening families, farms, communities, and the economy by translating the latest research into non-formal, community-based education. Family & Consumer Sciences faculty serve as the vital link in connecting the expertise and resources of University of Maryland to residents in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. We work collaboratively, internally and externally, to address critical and important issues facing Marylanders as they cope with social, economic, environmental, and technological changes. The focus of our work centers on healthy living and economic success.

 In 2019, UME-FCS team facilitated Fresh Conversations at 44 senior centers and other senior serving sites. The program was implemented in 19 counties and Baltimore City in Maryland. Educators facilitated a total of 288 sessions and made 2,836 educational contacts.

In 2020, UME-FCS team efforts will focus on expanding direct education as well as training volunteers to implement the program. The Fresh Conversations training will be facilitated by the UME-FCS team. For more information on the program and training, contact UME faculty listed on the right side bar under 'Have Questions?' section.

 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. 

This will be an 8-part series with two sessions each month beginning on August 25th through November 19th. To register for each session, use their respective link indicated below.

 October 20, 1p.m., Heart Healthy Fats

 October 22, 1p.m., Sugar: Sinfully Sweet

 November 17, 1p.m., Ancient Grains

 November 19, 1p.m., Eating Out

 Visit the Fresh Conversations website

Shauna Henley
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