Kern County Aging & Adult Services

"Healthy Choices" for a Better Tomorrow

Customers Making Healthy Choices at a Farmer's Market

The Kern County Aging and Adult Services Department has partnered with the Kern County Department of Health, Kern County Department of Human Services, and the University of California Cooperative Extension of Kern County to provide nutrition and physical activity education to low-income seniors. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) seeks to help persons who are likely eligible for SNAP benefits make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the 2008 Physical Activities for Americans, and MyPlate.

SNAP-Ed "Healthy Aging" program helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. Come join us to learn the health benefits that eating more fruits and vegetables and staying physically active can bring.

The Aging and Adult Services SNAP-Ed "Healthy Aging" program can help seniors improve their well-being as they engage in fun activities with other seniors. Please click on the links below for an overview of each of the three programs offered.

Program Overview for the Eat Smart Live Strong Program  (PDF)

Program Overview for the Staying Healthy Through Education and Prevention Program  (PDF)

Program Overview for the Eat Healthy • Be Active Community Workshops  (PDF)

Make SNAP-Ed healthy choices a habit and see how easy it can be to live a healthier lifestyle.

The SNAP-Ed "Healthy Aging" programs are presented by the Kern County Aging & Adult Services Department through an agreement with the California Department of Aging. California’s SNAP-Ed program is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  1. Review an overview of the Eat Smart Live Strong program  (PDF)
  2. Review an overview of the Staying Healthy Through Education and Prevention program  (PDF)
  3. Review an overview of the Eat Healthy • Be Active Community Workshops  (PDF)
  4. Attend a presentation  Presentation Schedule
  5. Watch videos (in English and Spanish) with information about nutrition and activity  Videos

If you have questions, please call 661-868-1057.

Snap-Ed Healthy Choices Videos - Nutrition              Video Help

AAS IHSS Timesheet Video

English Language Version

AAS HICAP Video

Spanish Language Version

Snap-Ed Healthy Choices Videos - Activity              Video Help

AAS Video

English Language Version

AAS Video

Spanish Language Version

Simple & Fun Recipes

Demonstrated By Registered Dietitian Maran Zyhailo for Kern County Aging & Adult Services SNAP-Ed participants

Recipes were presented by a Registered Dietitian for Kern County Aging and Adult Services SNAP-Ed participants. The goal of the food demonstrations presented at Kern County congregate senior nutrition sites and senior public housing sites is to assist SNAP-Ed eligible seniors to make better nutrition choices and learn how prepare meals with healthy ingredients within a limited budget.

Food Demonstration Key Messages were consistent with the following:

  • Make half of the plate fruits and vegetables, at least half the grains whole grains, and switch to fat-free or low fat milk and milk products
  • Increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Maintain an appropriate calorie balance

The recipes shown were presented by Kern County Aging and Adult Services at SNAP-Ed sites by Registered Dietitian Maran Zyhailo of Cliniprostaffing, Inc. Maran enjoys being a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She enjoys food and talking to people about how to make healthier food.

Please click on the following links to get more details regarding the recipe presented:

View our current SNAP-Ed presentation schedule

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through a California Department of Aging grant. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact Kern County Department of Human Services at (661) 868-8813.

Healthy Aging Newsletters

The health of our Kern County seniors is of vital concern. The Kern County Aging and Adult Services Department provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) nutrition and physical activity education to assist low-income seniors in our community remain physically and emotionally healthy.

What is the “Healthy Aging” Newsletter?

The “Healthy Aging” Newsletter will be issued on a bi-monthly or more frequent basis as a way to provide our seniors with additional information regarding the healthy choices they can make to lead healthier lives. Heart Disease, Diabetes, and other chronic diseases affect many people in their Golden Years. But healthy choices can make a difference!

Why are Healthy Choices Important?

Seniors in Kern County face many challenges as they age. Nutritional challenges include poor nutrition that can lead to nutrition related chronic diseases. Challenges to receiving the correct amount of physical activity can also lead to an increased incidence of chronic disease.

Eating a healthy diet can help prevent or slow the onset of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension, or dementia. Eating a healthy diet can also help control your weight.

Getting the right amount of physical activity is essential to healthy aging. Seniors with chronic conditions should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow. * As always, you should check with your physician before you begin any diet or exercise program.

We hope you enjoy the “Healthy Aging” Newsletter and are able to join our health educators at the various locations throughout Kern County where classes are offered!

Newsletters

Healthy Aging Newsletter - February 2017

February, 2017  (PDF)

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