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Salad Ingredients for Seniors

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Four years ago in North Ridgeville, the Heart and Sole collaborative recognized that local older adults needed easier access to fresh vegetables. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) and the rest of the collaborative identified North Ridgeville Community Care, a local social service organization, as an ideal distribution center. Heart and Sole funded the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and designated every Wednesday as “Salad Wednesday.”

Today, Community Care volunteers still set up an array of fresh salad offerings for seniors to take home with them every Wednesday. Seniors choose the salad options they want – all for free. The Northridge Health Center, a partner of North Ridgeville Heart and Sole, is now one of the proud sponsors of this rotation of high-quality ingredients.

As older adults walk in, they complete a survey to indicate which vegetable is their favorite. Collecting this data helps ensure that Community Care provides visitors with the vegetables they actually want in order to encourage them to make smarter meal decisions.

Sherry Flesher, a “Salad Wednesday” regular, has definitely noticed a change in her eating habits. “Now when I get hungry, I look for a salad!” she exclaims. She has also started to take more notice of food labels before buying something at the grocery store.

LCPH works with community partners to help make the health choice, the easy choice. For more information on how to help your neighborhood live healthy, contact Lorain County Public Health at 440-322-6367. Follow your local health department on Twitter @LorainCoHealth, Facebook, or YouTube.