Richard's Story: You Are What You Eat
Palms sweating and heart beating quickly, Richard sat on the sanitized paper in the doctor’s office.
With every move of his body, he could hear the paper crinkle underneath his legs and the steady tick of the clock pass minute after minute. It was his least favorite day of the year – the day of his annual doctor’s visit. It seemed like he had been waiting hours for his doctor to walk in and share his medical lab results.
Then his doctor finally walked in and shared, “Your lab work is exceptional!”
Richard couldn’t believe it. How could this be? He was a fan of candy, especially chocolate, but he knew he made a conscious effort to follow a healthy diet and avoid processed foods.
“I attribute these results to Serving Seniors nutrition program, Richard said. “They don’t give very many sweets. It’s mainly fruits and vegetables and you get a balanced diet that you can maintain.”
Richard said he loves the variety of meal choices Serving Seniors provides and enjoys the way the food is prepared.
“I like the chicken, beef, the meatloaf,” Richard said. “Serving Seniors cooks it the way it should be. They don’t use a lot of salt and because of that I don’t have high-blood pressure."
At 81 years old, Richard was able to improve his overall health, adjust his eating habits and downsize his daily medications due to the nutritious diet he receives through the Serving Seniors meal program.
March marks National Nutrition Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Senior Nutrition Program. Since 1972, the national Senior Nutrition Program has supported nutrition services for older adults across the country. Funded by the Older Americans Act, local senior nutrition programs serve as hubs for older adults to access nutritious meals and other vital services that strengthen social connections and promote health and well-being.
Join us by promoting senior nutrition programs and this important milestone this month! Visit: https://servingseniors.org/get-involved/advocate