Chocolate—The Fourth Food Group

Published on 25 November 2015

While chocolate is not really addictive, most of us would agree that it is one of the best treats to indulge in. Why is it so pleasing? Interestingly, one of the main reasons chocolate has such universal appeal has to do with its texture, not its flavor.

Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What's Yours?

Published on 29 October 2015

Diabetes affects everyone, not just those living with the disease, but family members, friends, the emergency response system, hospitals, behavioral health systems, employers, housing providers, and various other groups.

Pumped Up for Pumpkin

Published on 1 October 2015

The pumpkins from my garden are lying outdoors, waiting patiently for me to transform them into sweet and savory fall treats. Pumpkins get their beautiful color from the orange pigments full of vitamin A within them.

Life is Short—Make Dessert First!

Published on 1 June 2015

There is something very special about a baked fruit dessert. Nothing takes us back to our pioneer roots like a cobbler or a crisp.

P-Patch Community Gardens are People's Gardens

Published on 29 April 2015

Throughout Seattle, gardeners use small plots of land to grow community, food, flowers, fruits and herbs.

Shake the Salt Habit!

Published on 28 January 2015

Thinking about ending your love affair with salt? Now's the time to reduce your sodium as the average American consumes twice the recommended amount! This Heart Month, American Heart Association shows you how extra salt sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing the excess salt goodbye and starting a healthier relationship with food.

Brilliant Cranberries Offer Good Looks and Tangy Taste

Published on 2 December 2014

We are so lucky here in the Pacific Northwest, with great access to fresh local foods all year. Washington is one of the places where cranberries grow well, and we can buy and cook with fresh cranberries all winter long because they keep well.

The Challenge of Cooking for One

Published on 2 September 2014


If you live alone it can be hard to get excited about cooking. Here are some ways to motivate yourself to cook healthy, or at all, when you are making a meal for just one.

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Food for Thought

Published on 2 June 2014

This month's issue of AgeWise King County focuses on food and nutrition. But not all food equates to nutrition. As Mario Batali points out above, some food only postpones hunger. In fact, some food is so devoid of nutrients that it satisfies for only an hour and leaves the body starving for more.

A Place at the Table. One Nation. Underfed.

Published on 2 June 2014

In King County, more people than ever before rely on food banks to feed their families. An average of 10,000 King County residents apply for food stamps each month. One in 20 county residents is enrolled in the state's Basic Food program. More information about food hardship in King County is available in Adequate Food in King County, a report by Communities Count (February 2012).

Pots & Plans: Coming to a Site near You!

Published on 2 June 2014

Eating healthy foods is not always easy on a budget, and having a few basic cooking skills to bring to the kitchen table can help. This is the thought behind the Pots & Plans cooking classes developed by Registered Dietitians at the Chicken Soup Brigade in Seattle. Pots & Plans is a six-week, mobile cooking class, with an emphasis on healthy, affordable and easy-to-prepare meals that are great for seniors dealing with chronic health issues. 

Fresh Bucks: Double Your EBT Dollars at Seattle Farmers Markets

Published on 2 June 2014

The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.

Simple Pleasures: How a Dialysis Patient Runs Her Life

Published on 2 June 2014

Ruth Woolford loves being at home. For her, the simple phrase "being at home" holds a deeper, special meaning. Ruth is a kidney patient who performs dialysis treatments herself, at home. This means that despite having a life-threatening chronic illness, she is not tied to the schedule in a dialysis center, which would mean four-hour appointments three days every week.

Cooking Fire Safety for Older Adults

Published on 30 April 2014

In the U.S., cooking fires remain the most common type of home fires. Across the country, fire departments respond to over 100,000 cooking-related fires every year with countless more cooking fires unreported. The majority of cooking fires begin from food left unattended on the stove. While cooking fires happen to all people of all ages, older adults have a higher risk of injury from these and other common home fires.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 30 April 2014

Applications for the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County, will be available on Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, May 15 on the program website.

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Help Create a Hunger-Free King County

Published on 27 February 2014

Did you know that 30 percent of seniors must choose between food and medical expenses? Or that 65 percent of seniors eligible for food stamps—our best frontline defense against hunger—don't access the benefit? 

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Cooking Up Romance

Published on 31 January 2014

When Valentine's Day comes around, many people head for the candy store, florist or a fancy restaurant to say "I love you." For a fraction of the cost, you can make a wonderful sit-down meal. When you give the gift of a personally prepared meal, the recipient also gets the care and attention you put into it. That is one of the great gifts of cooking.

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Top 10 Salt Substitutes to Slash the Sodium

Published on 2 December 2013

Too much salt causes high blood pressure, which can damage your kidneys, heart and blood vessels. Cutting down salt can help you live a longer, healthier life. Here are my Top 10 Salt Substitutions that are easy to incorporate into both holiday and everyday cooking.

Counter or Fridge? How to Keep your Produce Fresh

Published on 1 October 2013

Americans throw away an average of about $400 worth of spoiled produce a year. Following a few tips will ensure more fruits and vegetables go into you and your family than into the yard waste container. What a great way to save you money and improve your family’s health.

Too Good to Waste

Published on 1 October 2013

Did you know that Thursday, October 24 is Food Day? Every day is food day, of course, but this annual event, supported by a coalition of national and regional food-movement groups, is what they describe as "a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food."

"Fresh Bucks" Increases Access to Fresh Food

Published on 1 August 2013

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, the Washington State Farmers Market Association, and Seattle's Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance are strengthening equal access to local and healthy foods with the Fresh Bucks program. The program will double the value of purchases—up to $10—made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at select farmers markets through October 31, 2013.

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Stay Cool with Cucumber

Published on 1 August 2013

This nice, hot weather has brought cucumbers and zucchini out in full force. Take advantage of these great vegetables by having them in salads on days when it's too hot for lettuce to be in its prime.

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Spring Greens in Unexpected Places

Published on 1 May 2013

When you visualize a garden, you probably think of carrots planted in straight rows, lettuce marching in step, and rectangular planting beds keeping everything in order.

Vouchers Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 1 May 2013

Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

Help Make King County Hunger Free

Published on 4 March 2013

It's no surprise that during a time of high unemployment and decreasing government funding, more and more people struggle to make ends meet, but did you know that one in six King County residents will struggle to put food on the table this year?

Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging

Published on 4 March 2013

Planning, preparing, and eating healthy meals can be challenging for many older adults. Some may not be motivated to prepare meals for just one or two people. For others, poor health may limit the ability to shop and prepare meals.

Community Kitchens: Good Food, Cooking Skills, Fresh Ideas & New Friends

Published on 4 March 2013

In community kitchens, we bring people together in a common kitchen and prepare large amounts of food to share. Everyone gets involved in the cooking, and cleaning, and we all share the food that is made. 

Farm to Table Store: Meal Programs Encouraged to Buy Fresh and Local

Published on 4 March 2013

Food service kitchens—including programs serving meals to older adults—are warmly invited to register to purchase local food from the Farm to Table Store, a locally managed website that offers "one stop shopping" for the freshest produce, pastured meats, dairy, etc., in wholesale quantities direct from local Washington farms.

Mixed Grains Wordfind

Published on 4 March 2013

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Life's Simple 7: Seven Goals for Good Heart Health

Published on 1 February 2013

The American Heart Association knows that even simple, small changes can make a big difference in living a healthier life.

Be Kind to Your Heart While Treating Your Sweetheart

Published on 1 February 2013

Since February is host to National Heart Month and Valentine's Day, it's a great time to treat your sweetheart—and yourself—to a homemade heart-healthy meal.

Homemade Gifts Infused with Flavor

Published on 28 November 2012

There is something so special about a homemade gift. It tells recipients you care enough to spend the most precious gift—your time—on them.

Food Safety Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Published on 28 November 2012

The holidays are just around the corner and whether you intend to cook for your friends and family, bring foods to a holiday party, or donate foods to meal programs or food banks, be sure to protect food from germs that cause foodborne illness.

Manage Instead of Being Managed by Your Chronic Disease

Published on 1 November 2012

How many times have we heard our doctor, family, or friends who care about us say that the keys to a healthy life are exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress? 

Shake the Salt Habit

Published on 1 October 2012

More than 70 percent of the sodium in your diet likely comes from hidden salt added to packaged and prepared foods. Limit your salt intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) each day to keep your heart and kidneys healthy.

Nutrition Program for Older Adults—We Need Your Input!

Published on 1 October 2012

For over 30 years, the Senior Nutrition Program has helped older King County residents improve their diet, health, and well-being by providing home-delivered and congregate meals.

Vitamin D and Calcium—Good or Bad?

Published on 1 August 2012

Just a few years ago we were telling every older adult to take vitamin D and calcium to prevent broken bones. Now we’re telling them it doesn't matter. Frustrating, isn't it?

Eat Your Veggies!

Published on 31 May 2012

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

CDC Awards "Health Champion" Recognition to Farm to Table

Published on 31 May 2012

This spring, the Farm to Table partnership completed a 21 month grant funded project through Public Health—Seattle-King County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, which helps connect senior meal and child care programs with local farms to purchase fresh affordable produce.

Two-thirds of Eligible Seniors Have Not Taken Advantage of Basic Food Benefits

Published on 31 May 2012

The USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a strong and effective program that helps people purchase the food they need.

Fill Half Your Plate With Veggies!

Published on 31 May 2012

The food pyramid has been replaced by a new symbol for healthy eating—the plate!

Vouchers Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 1 May 2012

Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

Published on 1 May 2012

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

20 Tasty Low-Salt Foods

Published on 2 April 2012

Americans' sodium intake has doubled in the past 25 years, largely because of salt and sodium preservatives added to convenience foods. About two-thirds of the salt you eat today comes from foods that have salt added in manufacturing.

Eat Well to Age Well

Published on 29 February 2012

Nutrition and successful aging go hand in hand. For older adults, the benefits of healthy eating are many.

Top 20 "Go To" Items for Every Kitchen

Published on 28 December 2011

Cooking without using salty foods is a lot easier if your pantry is stocked with great low-sodium choices.