Eat Your Veggies!

Summer is here and grocery stores and farmers markets are full of luscious fresh produce!

For years, we've heard that older adults need to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day for optimal health. New evidence shows that we may need even more in order to get the fiber and nutrients we need. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a new online tool that calculates how many servings of produce you need, based on your age, gender, and activity level.

If you haven't discovered the joy of eating fresh produce, this is your month to do it. The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance can tell you what's "ripe and ready" in local markets this week. Puget Sound Fresh can help you find farms and farmers markets throughout King County. And most grocery stores feature a broad selection of fresh, local produce during the summer.

For inspiration and other resources, this month's issue of AgeWise King County looks at new partnerships between senior meal programs, childcare centers, and local organic farmers; shares how you or someone you know can take advantage of Basic Food benefits; and offers three wonderful recipes you can try this month. In addition, you’ll find articles on immunizations and oral health for older adults, and disability benefits.

This summer, get moving, stay connected, make a difference, and don't forget to eat your veggies. Here's to healthy aging!

—Diane Snell, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services