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Bronxville Seniors Learn About Healthy Eating

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Senior citizens in Bronxville attended a free seminar focused on the importance of a fiber-rich diet and how maintaining one can help lower a person's risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The seminar titled "Boost Your Nutritional Health," was the first of three. Julie Dalton, executive director of Gramatan Village, a non-profit organization serving senior citizens throughout Bronxville, organized the series. Dalton planned the seminars because she felt educating senior citizens about the importance of proper nutrition was a priority. Many senior citizens live alone and just don't know what is good for them and what isn't, said Dalton.

The speaker at the seminar was Marlene Carneiro, a nutritionist from Lawrence Hospital.

"A nutritionist's job is to help people learn about achieving optimal health through eating right on a daily basis," said Carneiro. "I'm able to take the science and present it in a way that everyone can benefit from, something that is especially important with older people."

There are many benefits that come from a eating a fiber-rich diet including having a high energy level, increased mental acuteness, resistance to chronic diseases and the avoidance of constipation, said Carneiro. Foods that have high levels of fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts, she continued.

94-year-old Bronxville resident Amy Cannon attended the seminar to pick up some proper eating tips.

"My body may not look this old, but it sure tells me it is," said Cannon." "My eyesight is really bad, so I hope that by eating better my health will improve and so will my vision."

The next seminar is titled "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease & Osteoporosis Though Good Nutrition," and will be held at The Reformed Church on Tuesday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m.

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