New Recipe Resource for Healthy Aging

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, April 11, 2016) – A new resource is available that offers easy recipes featuring Ontario-grown products to promote healthy aging. The resource was created by a research team at the University of Guelph in collaboration with Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Nutrition plays an important role in our health, and this is especially true as we get older. The risk of developing a number of chronic diseases increases with age, and nutrition can influence this risk. Older adults can also experience nutritional challenges such as taste changes and limitations in their ability to prepare healthy foods. In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that 34% of people ≥65 years old who are living in community are at nutritional risk.

Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods is one strategy to help ensure proper nutrition. Fortunately, Ontario produces a large variety of foods that offer health benefits, making it easier for older adults to take a ‘food-first’ approach to healthy aging.

A research team, led by A-HA research scientist Alison Duncan, PhD, RD (Professor, Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph), developed a Recipe Resource for Healthy Aging that features Ontario-grown foods and their benefits for health as we age.

The resource features 50 recipes including beverages, breakfasts, snacks, soups and stews, salads, sides, mains, and desserts. The evidence-based age-related health benefits of the Ontario-grown foods are highlighted, and cooking tips are provided to offer ideas for ingredient substitutions and strategies to make preparation easier. Testimonials from older adults and Ontario farmers appear throughout.

This exciting new resource is now freely available on the A-HA website (www.aha.the-ria.ca).

About Agri-food for Healthy Aging and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) is a collaborative research and knowledge translation group that aims to realize opportunities for Ontario’s agri-food and health sectors to improve the health and well-being of older adults through the innovative use of food. A-HA was created in 2007 through the efforts of MaRS Landing, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), and the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo. It is 1 of 10 theme areas within the RIA.

The RIA was created in 2005 as a senate-approved research institute at the University of Waterloo, and subsequently became a public foundation with charitable status in 2006. RIA’s core partners are the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College and Schlegel Villages. The RIA conducts practice-relevant research to enhance the care, health and wellness of older adults in community and congregate environments. The Schlegel Villages provide voluntary and vibrant living research environments and living classrooms. The best of what is learned is then disseminated broadly to benefit older adults everywhere. For more information go to www.the-ria.ca.

Media Contact

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
hadunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4111