Seniors Eating Well: A Sourcebook of Lesson Plans and Activities

Seniors Eating Well: A Sourcebook of Lesson Plans and Activities

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Nine 45-minute lessons that cover important nutrition topics for seniors. They can be taught individually or as a series. Each lesson includes all the information you need—lesson plans, Power Point slides, handouts, evaluation tools, and references. The educational matrix in the appendix shows how each lesson’s objectives conform with the Dietary Guidelines. Most have recipes to make and taste-test. Many have an educational game format to make it fun and interesting. Nurses, staff from aging services, or volunteers can be trained to use these lessons.Lesson topics include: Great Grain Discoveries, All Star Senior Snacks, Hearth Healthy Meals for 1 or 2, Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs, Savory Soups, Fitness Fun, Evaluating Dietary Supplements for Seniors, Dietary Fat - Fact or Fiction?, New Concepts in Weight Control - Energy Density.


Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN; Dori Campbell, MS, RDN, LDN


Penn State Extension

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Penn State University

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sold on USB drive
Evidence base / Evaluation
Evaluated, Pilot Tested
Evaluation Framework Indicators & Evaluation Activities

ST1, MT1, LT1, ST3, MT3, LT3

Evaluations are post retrospective, with 3-6 month follow-up surveys. We have used pilot research using matched post and follow-up surveys and t-tests, participants significantly improved on diet and physical activity knowledge, intent to change and change behaviors.

Target Audience
Older Adults, 
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Senior Centers
Faith Centers
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The Pennsylvania State University Attention: Mischelle Forgy
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The Pennsylvania State University Mischelle Forgy 337 Agricultural Administration Building University Park, PA 16802