Eagle County touts nutritional meals for seniors
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Eagle County Economic & Adult Services joins the American Dietetic Association in celebrating March as National Nutrition Month. Eagle County Economic & Adult Services encourages adults 60 and older to take control of their nutrition and participate in the twice weekly meals prepared at three nutrition sites in Eagle County: Minturn Town Center, located at 302 Pine St., on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon; and the Golden Eagle Senior Center, located 715 Broadway St.., Eagle, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.For adults 60 and older, meals are available for a suggested donation of $2.50. The cost for those younger than 60 is $12. “The twice a week lunches not only provide a nutritiously balanced meal but also offer a time of socialization,” said Cheryl Thomas, Adult Services supervisor. Chef Bart Petro prepares meals at both the Golden Eagle and Minturn sites. “Seniors should emphasize nutrient dense foods instead of empty calories,” says Amy Berens, a dietician and Economic & Adult Services Basalt site coordinator. “Setting a goal to be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day is also important.”Additionally, Eagle County Adult Services offers a variety of free exercise and activity programs. Transportation is provided free of charge for seniors to attend lunches, medical appointments and run errands. To request transportation in the Eagle Valley, call 970-328-1121. In the Roaring Fork Valley, call 970-704-2767. For more information about the senior nutrition program in Eagle County, contact Thomas at 970-328-8896.