A special class for seniors which will focus on improving eating habits will take place in early June for senior citizens interested in the class.

Brenda Gandy-Jones, OSU Extension Educator, will begin the Keys to Embracing Aging workshop at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Duncan Senior Center North location. Her topic will focus on “eating smart” and is bound to provide “educational fun, laughs and prizes.”

According to the OSU Extension Office, food impacts our overall health.

“Nutritious foods help maintain a healthy body and protect against various illnesses, disorders, and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia,” states a release from the OSU Extension Office. “Diet and nutrition can also help reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, manage arthritis, maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails, and manage diabetes. It is never too late to start eating well. Smart, nutritious eating contributes to health and well-being at any age.”

The program aims to teach those attending how to eat smart and healthy while eating a variety of nutritious foods, examine the relationship you have with food while also reminding to not skip breakfast, control your portions, eat in moderation and drink more water. Additionally, the class will go over “Get the Skinny on Fat,” how to fight cholesterol, consuming less sugar, saying no to sodium, how to eat carbs the healthy way, how to eat smart while eating out and how to count calories.

“Eating healthy today creates a healthier tomorrow. Healthy eating provides the necessary nutrients that your body needs to create new cells, clean toxins, and to function every day,” states the OSU Extension Office. “Eating right can help prevent future illness and chronic disease. Lastly, eating healthy provides you with more energy so you can be alert and a better decision-maker. Eating healthy and establishing healthy lifestyle behaviors throughout your life will influence optimal aging.”

According to the OSU Extension Office, the Keys to Embracing Aging is a free educational series. For more information, contact Gandy-Jones at the Stephens County OSU Extension Office by calling 580-255-0510.

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