— AARP Delaware and  the YMCA of Delaware  announced today they will partner in Sussex County and the City of Wilmington to deliver health education and diabetes prevention, , aimed at improving the health and well-being of Delawareans age 50+ and their families.  The partnership is part of a national effort, whereby the two organizations will work together to reach to reach a variety of cultures and community sizes with information about health, isolation, and more. In each local market, teams …

— Low-income Kentuckians 60 and older may be eligible for discounts on fresh produce at farmers markets across the state. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program issues $28 worth of vouchers to individuals 60-plus with annual income up to $22,311 and couples in that age range with income up to $30,044. The voucher can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at dozens of state-approved farmers markets. “This program is a great way for many Kentuckians living on fixed incomes to …

— By Tim Poor Don Smith had never heard of jicama. Dennis Gibbons didn’t care for kale. But both men had their culinary worlds expanded through “What’s Cookin’ with AARP,” a series of free cooking classes being offered in the Springfield and Kansas City areas. “Coming from a meat-and- potatoes background, it really has opened my eyes to so many different styles of cooking,” said Smith, 68, a retired teacher and AARP community advocate who lives in Battlefield. Jicama, a root …

— Celebrity Chef Rock Harper will be in Wichita on Saturday, August 13, 2016 to share his cooking skills with a group of African American men and women who want to learn more about preparing healthy meals. AARP Kansas sponsors the class each year as a way of underscoring the importance of healthy eating, as well as exercise, to combat  diabetes and other health issues.  Diabetes and high blood pressure are just two of the diseases that disproportionately impact the African …

— The link between what you eat and how you feel is real, which is great news for people with arthritis. Research suggests that anti-inflammatory diets (low in sugars, carbohydrates and gluten and high in omega-3 fatty acids, olive oils and fiber) can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. Besides a healthful boost, this type of diet almost always leads to some surprising and rapid weight loss, taking pressure off bones and joints. Don’t be intimidated by the mistaken idea that …

— When it comes to what we eat, research indicates in a strong and clear direction: the food we consume does indeed impact the health of our brains. Emmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, E-RYT, a nutrition specialist and clinical research dietitian at NorthShore University HealthSystem, works with each of our Brain Health patients on an individualized plan based on their unique health and lifestyle factors.  Below, Emmaline shares details about the Mediterranean diet and tips for eating better during the holidays.   It’s …

— A six-week class sponsored by Senior Neighbors and AARP Michigan will help older adults make nutritional choices to support improved heart and bone health, as well as general health and mobility. Participants will learn about healthy eating choices, physical activity, and work toward developing healthier habits and behaviors. Two facilitators with support from a dietitian and nutritionist will lead the program. There is no charge to participate in this series. Classes will be held in Grand Rapids on the following …

— What do you get when you put 30 cooks in a kitchen with a celebrity chef? As one of those cooks said, “Chaos – but I love it!” AARP Kansas, along with our partner, the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, brought 30 African American/Black women together one Saturday morning in Wichita to learn from Celebrity Chef Rock Harper (of Hell’s Kitchen fame) how to make a quick and fairly easy meal in a way that’s healthy but still tastes good. …

— If you’re like most people, you’ve already made, and broken, a few New Year’s resolutions.  Not to worry!   2014 still offers plenty of opportunity to make this year your best ever.  Start by making your health and well-being a priority and then find small steps you can take every day that will really pay dividends. Here are a few tips that can help you stay happy and healthy in the New Year: 1.    Exercise We all know that exercise is …

— Call it a kickoff to healthy eating and better living for residents in the City of Jackson.  Three locally owned neighborhood convenience stores in South Central Jackson will begin promoting the availability of more healthy, fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables at a launch event on Thursday, April 25 from 3-5 p.m.  Greenwood Food Market, Keyes Party Store (formerly, The Log Cabin) and Stop One will offer and prominently display the produce, some of it locally grown, as part of the …