Nutrition class at Tucson J targets seniors

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The Tucson Jewish Community Center will present a three-part Nutrition for Seniors series on Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen. Led by Mary Atkinson, R.D., director of wellness at Tucson Medical Center and Laurie Ledford, M.S., R.D., wellness dietician at TMC, each session includes a cooking demonstration and lunch.

In “What Is Food” on April 5, participants will learn how to discern between real food and edible products that aren’t really food. The cooking demonstration will focus on easy ways to increase fruits and vegetables in our diets.

“Why We Eat” is the topic for April 12. Some people struggle to eat because they don’t like cooking for just one or two, don’t have the appetite they once did, or conversely, consume foods mindlessly without realizing what or how much they have eaten. This class will help participants better understand their own patterns. The cooking demonstration will present quick and easy meals for one or two.

The series concludes April 19 with “What’s On Your Plate?” This class will examine how nutrient requirements change as people age, how to create balanced and easy meal plans, and how shopping and food safety can impact health. The cooking demonstration will focus on grains and legumes.

The cost of the series is $30 for all three sessions; participants may register for individual classes up to two days before the date of the class. Visit tucson jcc.org or call 299-3000.