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Ladies at produce stand
Posted By Michael Hanisco

Free farmers’ market vouchers available for income-eligible seniors beginning June 25

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will begin distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers Monday, June 25, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers (four vouchers, each valued at $5) that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Support Team PCA in the April 21 Walk Against Hunger

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will sponsor a team at the Walk Against Hunger on Saturday, April 21. An annual Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger fundraising event, the walk will take place at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way in South Philadelphia, beginning at 10 a.m. It benefits area organizations, soup kitchens and food pantries fighting hunger. Funds raised by Team PCA will be donated to the food portion of the PCA Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Fighting senior malnutrition

By Alicia M. Colombo

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Teaching vegetarian cooking

By Barbara Sherf

Vegetarian lifestyles are increasing in popularity. Studies by The Vegetarian Times show that almost 23 million Americans follow a “vegetarian-inclined diet” and more than 7 million are strict vegetarians, meaning they eat no meat. Vegetarian diets appear to be more heart healthy, since they are usually lower in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than those that include meat. Many studies have shown vegetarians to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer.

As more Americans are turning to plant based diets, heart-healthy vegetarian cooking classes are also gaining in popularity.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018

Robust chicken soup is a winner in the cold season. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Enjoy this robust chicken soup

Flavorful chicken soup makes an easy one-dish meal. Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, it’s guaranteed to fortify you during the cold-weather season. Scientific evidence is accumulating that chicken soup may actually help you fight colds, too. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, research suggests that chicken soup slows white blood cells from gathering in the lungs, therefore slowing the progress of the irritating side effects of a cold, like coughing, sneezing, and having a stuffy, runny nose. Chicken soup also helps you stay hydrated, which is important anytime but crucial when you’re feeling under the weather. The recipe that follows features items known to be good for brain health like olive oil, vegetables, beans and poultry.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Right diet can benefit brain

It’s often been said that “you are what you eat.” Increasingly, research links that adage to brain health. “A poor diet can increase the risk of developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, which in turn can end up compromising an individual’s cognitive function … A good diet reduces the risk of chronic illness and is beneficial to the brain,” reported Judith Graham in Kaiser Health News. “Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.”

Gazpacho soup is cool and refreshing (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Try these refreshing gazpachos

Gazpacho, a cold soup from the Andalusia region of Spain, is typically made with tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and stale bread and can be a cool and refreshing dish. Here is a classic recipe with some unique variations that incorporate fruit and other Pennsylvania-grown produce.

Farmers' markets offer just-picked produce. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

PCA’s 2017 Produce Voucher Distribution is Winding Down

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) began distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers on Monday, June 19, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The program serves more than 36,000 seniors each year and fewer than 2,700 sets of vouchers remain for this year. Eligible […]

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