231155 Stirring Up Change in Adult Homes

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 5:25 PM - 5:35 PM

Lynn Fredericks, BA , FamilyCook Productions, New York, NY
Mercedes Sanchez, RD , FamilyCook Productions, New York, NY
Jimmy Ienner Jr Jr., BA , United Productions Company, Stamford, CT
This video sums up the components of a project that seeks to enhance the quality of life of residents in NYC adult homes by improving the quality of food served and empowering residents with cooking classes to promote healthier food choices. We documented the process to understand and identify the factors which are most important to all parties involved: administration, foodservice staff and residents. Targeted areas for potential change include: 1) Improved resident choices and behaviors around food; 2) More harmony and sense of being on the same ‘team' among home administration; food service and residents; 3) Residents' palatal improvement to accept more fresh ingredients and wide variety of vegetables at meals and for independent snack choices; and 4) Improved resident wellbeing, mood, motivation due to enhanced nutrition and opportunity to engage in therapeutic gardening and healthful snack preparation . We demonstrate how administrators, food service and residents can work collaboratively to engage in some positive new directions in food, using multi-cultural recipes, festive themes, and gardening, etc.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify the steps necessary for a participatory institutional food improvement project in adult care facilities.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Mental Health Services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I created this video
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.