Power Foods Presentation: Working Together to Eat Better

Power Foods!“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.”


Blog Post by Randi Kant

On a chilly March afternoon, a small, yet passionate group of people gathered at Sulzer Library to learn about Power Foods.  As the facilitator of this discussion, I wanted to convey the enormous impact that our lifestyle, healthy eating in particular, has on our health and risk of disease.  I also wanted to frame the discussion in the context of what we should eat more of, what we should add to our diets.  This seemed to take a more positive and proactive perspective then the standard what to avoid or eat less of approach.

What was interesting, was that while I provided the objective information, each participant, indeed the group as a whole, brought the material to life.  Everyone contributed their own experiences, suggestions and insight as well as offered support and encouragement for healthy eating.  I think all of us, myself included, got more out of this wellness presentation than we may have initially anticipated.

Our hope is that many more older adults, and in fact, people of all ages, will take advantage of these grass roots opportunities to learn about health and wellness and at the same time, connect with their neighbors and community.

In the meantime, in case you missed it, allow me to present 15 foods that are nutritional powerhouses – each of which offers a variety of amazing health benefits.  How many do you eat on a regular basis?  Can you see fitting them into your diet?

  • Oatmeal
  • Blueberries
  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Red Grapes
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Yogurt
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter
  • Eggs
  • White and Green Tea


Now, please plan on joining us for our next Wellness Event, Choose to Stress Less, on April 24 at 6:00pm at Sulzer Library.  You’ll learn important information and valuable skills – all in a fun, social and relaxed atmosphere.  See you there!


Forward Chicago, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, envisions our neighborhoods as model communities for people of all ages, where residents can age in place while remaining active, engaged and influential.