More than 120 people, primarily senior citizens, attended the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School senior brunch held recently at the San Antonio Garden Center.
“While we have the word ‘dinner’ in our program, we have healthful and easy recipes for all times of the day and for all age groups,” said Angie Gutierrez, AgriLife Extension family and community wellness agent, Bexar County. “At this event, we chose to serve lighter brunch items that are easy for seniors to prepare.”
Gutierrez said the program is designed to show people how to make better food choices and the importance of getting physical activity at any age.
AgriLife Extension Better Living for Texans personnel gave step-by-step preparation demonstrations on stage, with each step shown on a large projector screen. Then attendees at each table were provided the ingredients and mixing bowls to make the recipes demonstrated.
Gervin-Hawkins said it was important that seniors stay active mentally and physically.
To help seniors find more information on the various health and wellness resources available to them, representatives of several area organizations set up “information stations” in an adjacent room at the center.
Senior-oriented organizations represented included the San Antonio Food Bank, San Antonio Oasis, city departments of parks and recreation and human services, Meals on Wheels, the Mayor’s Fitness Council, Gonzaba Medical Group, En Su Casa and Catholic Charities.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.