Last week this column covered how healthy eating is important for everyone. It is especially critical as you age, especially if you're living with a chronic condition. Evidence shows that good nutrition gives you more energy and endurance and plays a critical role in preventing and managing conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Check out the following nutrition quiz.

Eating well as you age. Questions and answers

1) True or false: As you become older and less active, you need fewer nutrients.

False: As you grow older, you may need fewer calories, particularly if you are less active than when you were younger, but you still need nutrients for good health. And you may need more of certain nutrients.

2) True or false: Getting enough fluid can be a problem as you grow older because you may not be able to tell as easily when you're thirsty.

True: Some of your sense of thirst may be lost with age. If you're drinking enough fluids, your urine will be pale yellow. If it's bright or dark yellow, that means you need to drink more liquids.

3) True or false: Only women need calcium and vitamin D to protect bone strength.

False: Older men can also have problems with bone strength. Exercise, calcium and vitamin D can protect bone strength.

4) True or false: Your sense of taste and smell can change with age.

True: Foods often taste different as we age because aging can affect the sense of taste and smell. Medicines can also change the way foods taste. This can both change your appetite and make it more difficult to tell when food is spoiled. Be extra careful about how your food is prepared and stored to protect your health.

5) True or false: You should let hot foods cool before putting them in the refrigerator.

False: Putting hot foods into your refrigerator as soon as possible keeps bacteria from growing in food.

Next week we will cover smart food choices.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from Knights of Columbus of St. Dominics, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Transit news

It is time to renew your eligibility to ride the Mini Bus in 2013. Be sure to ask the next time you schedule the bus. Don't delay so you don't lose your service!

Never ridden the Mini Bus? Get an application now before the weather turns bad. Let us do the driving.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, the senior center and Finney County Transit are closed. Services resume at the regular time on Jan. 2.

Jan. 3 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle meets at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Salmon patties, tri-tators, Harvard beets, wheat roll, strawberries and bananas.

Friday: Chicken and stuffing, stewed tomatoes, wheat roll, tropical fruit.

Monday and Tuesday: Closed.

Jan. 3: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, green beans, wheat roll, creamy fruit.

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