Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
Greetings community members, 
Save the date for East Side Neighborhood Services' 39th annual health and wellness event,  Your Community for a Lifetime: A Health & Wellness Expo, Tuesday, September 13 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We expect 40+ vendors to participate and 200+ community members to attend.
This year, we have partnered with Minneapolis Council Members Kevin Reich and Jacob Frey to increase participation. Attendees will have the chance to explore a wide variety of resources and services that support our commitment to make Minneapolis Your Community for a Lifetime.  

In addition, we'll have health screenings, access to flu shots, entertainment, and door prizes. Please plan on joining us for this fun, free, and valuable event! For more information, please contact me at
Linnea Tweed

Activities at East Side

Evidence-based Health & Wellness Classes

New! Living Well with Diabetes
Thursdays, August 4- September 8, 10:00am-12:00pm
Gain skills to live a healthier life! 
Living Well with Diabetes workshop  covers many topics including  healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, 
as well as managing fatigue, pain, blood sugar levels, and emotions.  You will learn to set goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve. This program has been designed by the  Stanford University Patient Education Research Center . This self-management workshop meets Thursday mornings for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book.  

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays,  August 8-October 31,  1:30-2:30pm 
This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. This exercise class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons for 12-weeks. No class will be held on Labor Day.

A Matter of Balance
Coming in September!
Don't let fear rule your life! Join us for this award winning program. In A Matter of Balance, you will learn how to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. This workshop includes group discussion and exercise. 

All classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services  (1700 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413).  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints.  To register, call  612-787-4055.
Tuesdays with EVA
E mpowering Vital Aging

Living Well Workshops Session Zero
Tuesday, August 9, 10:00-11:00am
Curious about our Living Well Workshops but uncertain what to expect? Join the Empowering Vital Aging team for an information session on our Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Living Well with Diabetes workshops. Learn what topics will be covered and meet group leaders. Refreshments will be served. 

Decluttering your Home
Tuesday, August 23, 10:00-11:00am
Does the amount of "stuff" in your home cause you stress? You're not alone! Whether you are thinking of moving or simply wanting to organize your space, this presentation by Amy Podein, manager of Sort Toss Pack, will teach you strategies for decluttering your home. 

Call 612-787-4055 to let us know you'll be coming!

Vital Fitness
Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Drop by for East Side's Vital Fitness group! The group meets weekly for a variety of exercises that improve balance, strength, and coordination. There is no cost to participate. Contact Gloria with any questions at 612-787-4076.
Senior Dining 
Monday-Friday, 12:00-12:30pm
Join friends for a warm, nutritious meal hosted by Volunteers of America. For Seniors 60+, the suggested donation per meal is $4.00. Please make your reservation three days in advance by calling Dawn at 612-787-4093.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 

Elder Law Clinic
Saturday, August 27, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Only three opportunities left! Seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge. To make an appointment, e-mail or call 612-781-6011. Other dates the clinic will be held are  September 24 and October 22. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Election Judges
Minneapolis needs you!  Minneapolis is now hiring and seeking volunteer election judges.
  • Primary Election on August 9
  • General Election on November 8
  • Absentee voting locations throughout the election season
You can serve at a polling place close to where you live or, if you're willing, anywhere in the City. On Election Day, you can work part-time or the full day.
Apply online.  For questions about serving as an Election Judge, call (612) 673-3870 or e-mail .

Fight hunger with the Senior Food Shelf!
Volunteers at the Senior Food Shelf provide a welcoming atmosphere by greeting clients and guiding them through the process of choosing groceries. Ability to work well with diverse populations and with seniors is required. Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-2:30PM. Contact Carolina for more information at 612-788-9521. The Food Shelf is located at 1801 Central Ave NE.   
Lead a Cultural Activity at our Adult Day!
We are seeking one-time volunteers to lead a cultural activity at East Side's Friendship Center Adult Day Program. Activities participants enjoy include crafts, music, theater, dance, and travel presentations. 
Volunteer characteristics:
  • Connects well with people with developmental disabilities, dementia, and others
  • Speaks clearly and simply
  • Has experience leading the type of activity chosen
Activities are offered from 10:30-11:15am and 1:00-2:00pm Monday through Friday. 
Call for more information at 612-787-4055. 
Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
What to Do? To complete a Health Directive   
July 28 and August 4, 10:30-11:30 am  
Complete a health care directive in this two-part workshop.  All "What to Do?" speakers present at Bottineau Park (2000 2nd ST NE, Minneapolis). Snacks are served.  Rides available! Call Northeast Seniors by Thursday noon of the week before the workshop at 612-781-5096  to request a ride.
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
Free Health Insurance Counseling
Available to Medicare beneficiaries and those soon to start Medicare. 

Upcoming Dates: 
  • Tuesday, August 2, The Legacy Assisted Living (2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony), 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, August 18, Bottineau Park (2000 2nd St NE, Minneapolis), 10:00am-12:00pm
To schedule a free individual appointment, call Northeast Senior Services at 612-781-5096. 
This program is brought to you by Northeast Senior Services and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Come for a walk on the smooth and climate controlled indoor track at Bottineau Park (2000 2nd ST NE, Minneapolis).  After your walk, catch up with the news and have a cup of coffee. Donations are appreciated. 

Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services and Bottineau Park.
Foot Clinics
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care at two locations. 
Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, August 15, NE United Methodist (2510 Cleveland St NE) from 1:00-2:30pm. 
  • Thursday, August 18, The Legacy of Saint Anthony (2540 Kenzie Terrace) from 10:00am-12:00pm. 
 Call 612-781-5096 to sign up. Cost is $30.00 paid to nurse. 
Sponsored by Northeast Senior Services.
Mammograms & Breast Health
Join Neighborhood Health Source for mammograms, breast health education, and food. Most insurance accepted. If you don't have insurance, MDH Sage covers costs for eligible women. 
The next monthly mammogram event is Wednesday, August 17, at the Sheridan Clinic (342 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413).

To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.
Funding for this program is provided in part by the American Cancer Society .
Diabetes Prevention
Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes with the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) lifestyle change intervention offered by Neighborhood HealthSource clinics. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.
Neighborhood HealthSource delivers the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The local program meets at Fremont, Sheridan, and Central Clinics at various mornings, afternoon, and evening hours throughout the week and costs nothing to participants.
To learn more about the National Diabetes Prevention Program, call Julie Lor at (612) 287-2447.
Nutritious Meals Delivered
Eastside Meals on Wheels delivers meals to homebound persons living in NE and SE Minneapolis, and St. Anthony Village.  Contact Eastside Meals on Wheels at 612-277-2529 or via email at to register.

Nutrition Nuggets
What is Fiber and Why Do I Need it?
Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and whole grains.  It cannot be digested and absorbed by the intestines. Fiber helps with feeling full, regularity and maintaining a healthy digestive system. 
How Much Fiber Do I Need?
Women need 25 grams of fiber per day, men need 38 grams per day.
Where Can I Find Fiber?
  • Fruits such as apples pears, cantaloupe, bananas, oranges, and others
  • Vegetables- all varieties, whether canned frozen or fresh 
  • Beans, peas, lentils 
  • Whole grains i.e., whole wheat breads and whole wheat pasta, whole grain cereals such as oatmeal and cheerios, bran flakes or Wheaties
Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet, so it's important to look for ways to boost your intake. Increasing your fruit and vegetable servings to 4-5 per day and grains to 2-4 servings per day will usually provide adequate daily fiber. Read food labels to know fiber content.
We will discuss the different, but important roles of soluble and insoluble fiber in the next newsletter.
Bridget Doyle PhD, RD-N (source- RD 411)
"Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they're now considered 'the crime of the 21st century.' "
Check out the National Council on Aging's list to learn about common scams. 

Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by l earning  about the flu and how to protect yourself.  The 
Flu+ You campaign was developed by the National Council on Aging.  

The Mayo Clinic provides helpful guidelines when considering a complimentary and alternative medicine practice such as herbal remedies or acupuncture. 
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1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413