Forest Park Senior Café

LifeStream Services invites the public to attend the Forest Park Senior Café for nutrition presentations given by the Ball State University Community Nutrition class. The students have partnered with LifeStream to improve the quality of life of individuals who attend the Forest Park LifeStream Senior Café. Presentations kicked off mid-March and continue through mid-April. Students will present nutrition education lessons and activities for the seniors.

LifeStream’s senior cafes provide a hot, nutritious meal and an opportunity to socialize and make new friends for area seniors. Meals are provided for those 60 years and older and their spouses with a suggested donation. Those who plan to enjoy a meal at the café should make reservations at least one business day in advance by calling 765-759-1121. Those of all ages are welcome to attend the presentations and enjoy a meal for a small fee if under the age of 60.

The presentations will be given at the Forest Park Senior Café. The site is located at 2517 W. 8th St., Muncie, Ind. 47302. Students will begin presentations between 11:30am. The following are the dates and topics of the presentations:

  • April 1 – Wheel of Whole Grains
  • April 5 – Pump It Up! Stretch Band Exercises
  • April 7 – Sugar Shockers
  • April 11 – Fruit/Veggie Bingo
  • April 15 – Nutro-Uno
  • April 18 – Spice Jeopardy
  • April 19 – Battle of the Bulge comedic presentation

The 37 students are a part of Dr. Carol Friesen’s Community Nutrition class. Dr. Friesen received the Provost’s Immersive Learning Grant through Ball State University to conduct this extensive class project. The purpose of this class is to provide students with real world experience in which they are learning about, and then applying a host of community-nutrition based information. The students have created topic-specific puzzles, games, newsletter articles, as well as cooking demonstration videos for seniors at Forest Park to utilize and participate in. Students have volunteered their time to serve food and play games with the seniors at the Forest Park Café.

Dr. Friesen said of the students’ experience, “It has been so rewarding to see the students embrace this hands-on, immersive project. It’s one thing to talk the talk and learn what is in the book. It is a completely different thing to be able to engage with the wonderful seniors at the Forest Park Senior Center, as well as the staff of LifeStream. The students will remember this experience forever!”

Dr. Friesen and her students are dedicated to educating and improving the quality of life of seniors in the Delaware County community. The class and the work it has done at Forest Park corresponds with LifeStream’s mission of improving the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence.