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You are What You Eat, so Eat for Good Health 

As you get older, the old adage holds true. What you eat impacts your health, which affects your life each and every day. Among other benefits, healthy eating contributes to:
  • Better brain health 
  • Less illness 
  • More energy 

What Does "Healthy Eating" Mean?

For many people, the phrase “healthy eating” creates questions. But don’t worry if you haven’t paid much attention to what you ate in the past, it’s never too late to start. With help from the ADRC Nutrition program, you’ll learn simple steps to help you eat better to feel better. 

A few adjustments to your grocery list-without blowing your budget- can help you eat better and avoid common problems associated with getting older. 

Learn by Doing; Senior Dining Centers

Fortunately, you have many opportunities to experience how to eat for good health through the ADRC Nutrition program. Options include: 
  • Free Nutrition Education Sessions: Offered throughout Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties, these regular sessions include easy recipes, cooking demonstrations and taste-testing. Have fun while you learn how to work new foods into your meals! 
  • Senior Dining: Made from scratch meals served with coffee and great company! Available Monday-Friday at easy to find locations. Monthly menus for each location are available in the Barron County Senior Review, Rusk County Source, and Washburn County Focus. 
    • Suggested donation varies between locations-check with your dining center. 
    • Reservations required 
      • Note: Some locations offer a salad bar on specific days; no reservation required for salad bar only. Check with your dining center for availability. 
    • Locations include 
      • Barron County
        • Almena Township Hall, 211 W. Soo Avenue, Almena, WI 715-357-6016
        • Barron Senior Center, 12 N. 3rd Street, Barron, WI 715-537-5726
        • Cameron Senior Center, 512 Main Street, Cameron, WI 715-458-2765
        • Chetek Community Center, 711 1st Street, Chetek, WI 715-925-2600 
        • Cumberland Senior Center, 1255 Webb Street, Cumberland, WI 715-822-8794
        • Dallas Lutheran Church, 101 East Dallas Street, Dallas, WI
        • Haugen Village Hall, 104 W. 3rd Street, Haugen, WI 715-234-4630
        • Rice Lake Senior Center, 12 W. Humbird, Rice Lake, WI  715-234-7227 or 715-234-7224
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      • Rusk County 
        • Hawkins Community Center, 509 Main St., Hawkins, WI  715-585-2381
        • Ladysmith Senior Center, 825 E 3rd St. N., Ladysmith, WI  715-532-2638
        • Parksite Homes Community Room, 503 S. Coleman St, Bruce, WI  715-868-3411
        • Sheldon Community Center, W5594 Main St., Sheldon, WI  715-452-5484
    • Washburn County 
      • Friendship Commons, 118 4th Avenue, Shell Lake, WI  715-468-4750
      • Lakeside Center for Seniors, 110 Euclid Ave., Birchwood, WI 715-354-3001
      • Minong Senior Center Club, 700 Houston Street, Minong  715-466-4448

  • Meals on Wheels: Get the Senior Dining meal delivered with a smile, right to your door. Available short-term and long-term to help you to stay independent. Recommended donation varies-check with your local ADRC office. 
  • Nutritional Supplements: Sometimes you need a little extra to build your strength. Nutritional supplements, like Ensure®, are available through your local ADRC. 
  • Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program: Eligible seniors in Barron and Rusk counties receive $25 worth of vouchers. This program supports our local growers! Contact the Barron or Rusk County ADRC office after June 1st for details. 
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program: Available to Barron County residents ages 60+ who meet income guidelines. Boxes of food containing cereal, juice, milk, canned fruits & vegetables, meat, pasta/rice, and cheese are distributed monthly. 
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