249804 Eating Local, Aging Well: Changing Food Environments for Older Adults through Farm to Senior Center Initiatives

Monday, October 31, 2011: 3:24 PM

Jessie Mandle, MPH , Department of County Human Services, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Portland, OR
David Hanson, PhD , Department of County Human Services, Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services, Portland, OR
The Area Agency on Aging in Portland/ Multnomah County, Oregon is piloting a Farm to Senior Center initiative to improve older adults' access to fresh and affordable produce, promote healthy aging, and connect local farmers and growers with Senior Centers. The Initiative focuses on increasing healthy food options at both senior meal sites and senior centers. Senior meal sites are implementing farm-direct purchasing and procurement. Pilot programs at individual County-contracted senior centers include: a healthy snacks policy; formalized farmers market gleaning projects; garden sharing for senior homeowners; and Senior Center farmstands. Pre and post listening sessions conducted with seniors and community partners identify changes in senior fruit and vegetable consumption, food preference and chronic disease and weight management. These pilot projects provide insight into how other Area Agencies on Aging can support healthier food options and recommend best practices for including seniors in community food security efforts. This Initiative is funded by a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant awarded to the Multnomah County Health Department by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Few CPPW grant recipients address senior food environments and the specific needs of aging populations.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies to increase healthy food options at Senior Centers and Senior Meal Sites. Discuss the impact of community food security initiatives on older adults. Describe the opportunities to address healthy aging through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.

Keywords: Aging, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I coordinate policies and pilot programs addressing senior food access and healthy aging.
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.

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