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Bringing Health & Wellness Home for the Holidays

tndc-healthy-200x200Many of our residents have told us they feel depressed during the holiday season. Holiday stress and feelings of isolation can lead to sickness.

At TNDC, we believe healthy food is essential – and we strive to promote better nutrition and health equity among our residents. Since 2014, staff members have been offering free and voluntary workshops with two major components, Healthy Aging and Food & Nutrition.

In the upcoming winter months, the Healthy Aging Team will be focusing on flu prevention and early intervention for conditions affecting bones and joints (arthritis, gout,
osteoporosis, etc.). We address these topics by creating monthly Health Information newsletters, health presentations, and expert health screenings.

Our Food & Nutrition program builds upon strategic partnerships with the SF Marin Food Bank, Leah’s Pantry, Heart of the City Farmers’ Market and others. By creating a direct connection to fresh produce through five TNDC urban gardens – we help residents eat healthier foods while making the most out of modest budgets.

This summer, Alyssa Santos was hired as Food & Nutrition Supervisor to expand our food distribution and nutrition instruction in our community. A self-described “foodie,” Alyssa’s pilot program involves smoothie-making workshops in TNDC’s senior buildings and in TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program.

She shares, “Eating fresh foods can play a significant role in managing chronic conditions and maintaining good health – especially during the wintertime cold and flu season. You can try our Cold-Busting Smoothie at home and see for yourself!”

Cold-Busting Smoothie – try it at home!

Ingredients
10 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. peach or plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh or frozen peaches
½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
Handful of ice (optional)

Directions
Put all ingredients in a blender. Whirl until smoothly pureed and enjoy
immediately!

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