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Dietician to share tips on eating well on a budget

SUBMITTED PHOTO:123RF - Many seniors cut corners when it comes to their food budget, which can cause malnutrition. Learn how to eat well on a budget in a special seminar planned for Sept. 13.

Ever think you might be malnourished?

Most people would not consider themselves malnourished or undernourished, but we at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center know it can easily happen. A lack of appetite due to medications, illness, stress and many other factors can keep one from eating enough or even getting proper intake of vitamins and other nutrients, which only compounds other issues. And, let’s be real, the food lacking nutrients, such as junk food, is the least expensive. With everyone watching their dollars, it is tempting to live on ramen noodles. Or if you are only cooking for one or two people, it can be expensive to add fresh vegetables to the ramen and be able to consume all the produce before it goes bad.

Signs of malnutrition include weight loss, changes in mood, weak muscles, change in the fit of your dentures and changes in your hair. Your hair might lack shine or volume.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is hosting a discussion with Lauren Cohen, a registered dietician from New Seasons Market, from 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 13. She will share information about preparing nutrient-dense meals while staying on a budget.

The cost of the class is $5, and that includes all materials and a light lunch. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m.

This is great information for everyone to learn and pass onto friends or neighbors. We can all benefit from learning more about good nutrition.

Lunch this week features southwest chicken salad on Friday, Aug. 19 for a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else. Lunches will be available only for home delivery Monday, Aug. 22; and Wednesday, Aug. 24, as the center is closed this week for annual maintenance.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on “View the Adult Community Center Calendar” and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow works in administrative support

at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.