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Seniors get goods 
on healthy living

Registered dietician Elizabeth Hill gives a free lecture on how to choose healthy foods along with basic principles on managing diabetes. “The darker the vegetable, the more nutritious it is,” Hill says.

Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 12:47 pm

Seniors get goods 
on healthy living

By Jenna Hunt
The Desert Trail

Hi-Desert Star


The Hi Desert Medical Center kicked off its first senior event of the new year last week with health screenings and education on diet and nutrition. The program was held over four hours on Jan. 25 on the hospital campus.

Janice Tucker, of Twentynine Palms, participated in the seminar and the screenings. 

“It was a great seminar,” Tucker said. “It was educational.”

Elizabeth Hill, the hospital’s dietitian presented a free educational lecture on how to choose healthy foods along with basic principles on how to help manage diabetes.

“The darker the vegetable, the more nutritious it is,” Hill told her listeners. “Walnuts are the best. Walnuts are the powerhouse food.”

Hill also shared the importance of eating healthy as you age and making sure to eat enough vital nutrients including vitamin D, vitamin B12 and calcium in leafy greens, broccoli, milk and cheese.

“Ice cream even counts,” Hill said. “Everyone needs a little more calcium.”

Hill’s educational lecture included healthy recipes for chicken and white bean soup, Jason Mraz’s avocado green smoothie and a healthier hash brown casserole along with many ways to shop smart with food buying tips.

When shopping at the supermarket, Hill suggests staying on the perimeter of the store for the healthy foods. She also said buying frozen foods is great when shopping for one or two people.

“The healthier foods are on the outside,” Hill said. “Utilizing the freezer is wonderful.”

Hill also stressed the importance of eating high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. She is a big advocate of the health benefits of avocados. She also shared the importance of different cooking methods to maintain the most nutrients. Hill said it is best to sauté or roast foods with their skins.

“When you steam veggies you lose a lot of the nutrients,” she said. “You don’t want to lose a lot of the good nutrients.”

Eating portion-controlled sizes will help people keep at healthy weights and prevent some health conditions, Hill said. She cautioned people on the serving sizes at most restaurants, which are typically double the suggested portions. She suggested splitting restaurant meals with friends and family for health and financial savings.

“If you go out to a restaurant they are probably serving you double,” Hill said, pointing out a single meat portion is the palm of the hand. “Be conscious about portion sizes. Be mindful of how much you are eating.”

In the audience, one person said out loud, “I eat way more than that.”

About 20 seniors took part in free health screenings by registered nurses Shakeel Prasad and Korina Cole and got information on hospital services for seniors, along with a light lunch of sandwiches, fruits and veggies. 

The seminar was part of the hospital’s plan to hold four programs for seniors every year. The hospital is also publishing a new quarterly senior care newsletter with information on events and services.

For more information, visit or call the 24/7 Senior Care Line: (833) 202-9443.

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