Improve your well-being at the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

SEEDS-&-TOMATOES-01May is here! For many, it is the time to plant the summer vegetables: squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon and, of course, tomatoes to name a few. I want to concentrate on the tomato, classified as both a fruit and a vegetable. They are very easy to grow, easy to care for, delicious and pack a nutritional wallop that few other foods have. Almost every cuisine from around the world includes tomatoes for nutrition and taste.

The health benefits of tomatoes include improved eye sight, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure, as well as relief from diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. Furthermore, tomatoes can increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, improve fluid balance, protect the kidneys, detoxify the body, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation and related conditions. Tomatoes consist of a large number of antioxidants that have been proven to fight different forms of cancer. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and exert a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. They have impressive amounts of vitamins A, C and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper. The old saying “an apple a day …” could have just as easily been “a tomato a day …”

If you are not a gardener, I encourage you to grow a tomato plant or two. There are varieties of tomatoes, including cherry tomatoes, that you can grow in a pot on your patio or deck. Homegrown tomatoes are delightful. You can have a summer-long source of delicious tomatoes to enjoy as well as improve your nutritional well-being.

You can also come to the Osage County Senior Center for enjoyment and improvement in your well-being. Stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City, or for more information, call 785-528-4906.

Upcoming:

  • Tuesday, May 3: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.
  • Friday, May 6: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; bus trip for afternoon movie matinee leaving the center at 12:30 p.m.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.


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