By Lori Friberg
FLORENCE, Wis. - March is National Nutrition Month, a time to celebrate the benefits of healthful eating. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean bland. When taste is the major influence of what we eat, it is worthwhile to explore new cooking methods and seasonings that provide health and flavor in each bite.
Seniors age 60 and up can enjoy healthy, flavorful meals through the ADRC of Florence County's Senior Nutrition Program. All meals served on-site and through the home-delivered meal program contain at least one-third of the recommended dietary allowance. The biggest compliment our cooks receive is "This is so good" and the biggest complaint, "There's so much."
Monthly menus feature popular favorites like barbeque ribs, Italian chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, and raviolis. Have a hankering for something you don't cook much? Try the liver and onions (or you can have chicken), salmon loaf, pasties or porcupine meatballs.
The Senior Nutrition Program contributes significantly in assisting older people to remain healthy, active, and independent in their own homes and communities.
The suggested donation for each senior meal is $3.50, although the true cost of the meal is currently $7. One community-wide benefit of the Senior Nutrition Program is that providing a group dining center allows us to serve homebound seniors in Florence County. The ADRC serves an average of 45 people, four days per week, who are homebound. Bring a friend to the ADRC senior dining center, and help a neighbor.
Meals are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Florence Community Center, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Hillcrest in Aurora, and Wednesdays only at noon at the Fence Town hall.
Reservations are requested 48 hours in advance (as are cancellations), so that our cooks can prepare the right amount of food. For Florence call (715) 528-4261, for Hillcrest call (715) 589-4491, and for Fence call (715) 336-2980.
Learn more about giving your plate a taste lift at www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=6442479769#
For more information about the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County, visit www.florencecountywi.com, click on Departments, then Aging and Disability Resource Center, or call 1-855-528-ADRC (2372).