Eat Well, Age Well Inspires Seniors in the Kitchen
The atmosphere in the kitchen is inviting, with a selection of meats, cheeses, and fresh Cuban bread on the counter and a pot of warm Spanish bean soup cooking on the stove.
A laptop and tablet - connected to three dozen viewers on a Zoom link -- face the host and guest chef and in seconds Eat Well, Age Well begins.
This is the latest Hillsborough County Aging Services program that is connecting and reaching out to the area's seniors. Eat Well, Age Well is a free monthly program that seniors in Hillsborough County can join through Zoom or by phone to learn about how to prepare healthy recipes at home.
Eat Well, Age Well encourages seniors to eat better through simple recipes that are easy to make, and to eat healthier by using fresh ingredients.
In a recent episode, viewers watched as local award-winning chef Michelle Faedo prepared a Cuban sandwich, deviled crab, and Spanish bean soup.
In another episode, the theme was how to use herbs from a home garden. Viewers were taught how to use fresh ingredients like basil to make pesto, pico de gallo, and chimichurri sauce.
Eat Well, Age Well empowers seniors to prepare simple recipes, which can lead them to create healthier meals, and improve their diet and overall health and well-being. The activity also keeps seniors active and engaged and stimulates the mind. The program encourages interaction with others, which can help to reduce and limit social isolation.
The programs feature recipes that are easy to follow with ingredients that most people would have in their pantry.
Residents don't have to be a client of Hillsborough County Aging Services to join Eat Well, Age Well, which is held at 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month.
Interested residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 272-5250 for more information and to receive the links to join the program.
Photo editor: Brian Taylor, Hillsborough County Aging Services Senior Program Coordinator, works with guest chef, Michelle Faedo, on a recent segment of Eat Well, Age Well.