Non-profit offers free nutrition classes for seniors

SPARKS, NV (KOLO) -- The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is offering a free nutrition class series for low-income seniors called Seniors Eating Well. The classes are designed to help seniors take better control of their health.

"People are busy, and we want them to have tools in their tool basket to really make these great choices and make their food dollar go as far as it can while still being nutritious food," says Jocelyn Lantrip, Director of Marketing with the Food bank of Northern Nevada.

The classes, taught by a nutrition educator with the Food Bank, offer lessons on cooking healthy foods, exercising safely, and obtaining or maintaining a healthy weight. There will also be food samples and a raffle prize each week for those who attend.

"We know seniors are in a really tough spot and we don't want people to be having to pick food over a medicine or medicine over food because they're both important," Lantrip says."You can't be healthy without adequate food and that's something that we try to talk about for all the people that we serve."

Participants can join one or all of the eight weekly sessions; no signup or registration is needed. Classes are every Friday through June 14, 2019 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Lazy 5 Regional Park Cottonwood Room in Sparks.

The organization is always looking for volunteers and donations to help keep to community healthy and thriving. you can give food, money, or time. Applications and events are available here.

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