Bytes of Wellness
In This Issue
March 2017


We invite you to an important community discussion March 23rd - "Aging with Gusto."
"Aging with Gusto," a program of the Vital Aging Network, provides opportunities for people to examine their views about aging with the goal of changing the narrative. One study indicates that people with positive self-perceptions as they age live, on average, seven and a half years longer (Levy et al., 2002).  

We'll participate in three interactive and engaging discussions, with a combination of large group and small group activities. Please find additional details under Upcoming Events.

March is National Nutrition month! National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  This year's theme is - Put Your Best Fork Forward. Please visit our Resource Corner for more information.

Hope to see you soon!

The EVA Team

*Empowering Vital Aging is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
Evidence  Based Classes
Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance 
Mondays and Wednesdays,  February 27 - May 17, 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. The class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons for 12-weeks.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Thursdays, April 13 - May 18, 1:30-3:30pm
Gain skills to live a healthier life! 
Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop  covers many topics including  healthy eating, exercise, medication usage, as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions.  You will learn to se t goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve.  This self-management workshop meets Thursday afternoons for six weeks. All participants receive a reference book. 

This program was designed by the  Stanford University Patient Education Research Center.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls 
Tuesdays, May 02 - June 20,  1:30-3:30pm
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 eight week workshop includes group discussion and exercise. 
Classes are held at East Side Neighborhood Services  (1700 Second St NE, Minneapolis 55413) unless otherwise noted.  The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints.  To register, call  612-787-4102 or email

EVA's evidence-based classes are funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act. 
Upcoming Events
Aging with Gusto: A New Perspective on Aging
Thursday, March 23, 10:00am-2:30pm  
East Side Neighborhood Services will be hosting an Aging with Gusto discussion in its Senior Dining space. Aging with Gusto works to ignite a more positive view of aging. Join us for the engaging conversation. This event is free and lunch is provided! There are a limited amount of seats, please contact Linnea at 612-787-4045 or to register. Click here to register online for the event - Aging with Gusto Online Registration.

Presented by the Vital Aging Network and sponsored by East Side Neighborhood. 
Friendship Too: A Caregiver | Loved One Support Group
Tuesdays, March 14 - April 18, 3:00pm-4:30 pm 
East Side Neighborhood Services is hosting a Caregiver Support Group at  Adult Day at Friendship Center,  1717 2nd Street NE (across the street from ESNS)  for anyone serving as a Care Partner for a loved one. The Care Receiver is invited to participate in the Adult Day program while their Care Partner attends the 90 minute support group.  For more information and to register, please contact Donna at 612-781-2052 or
Weekdays with EVA
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. 

New! Elder and Caregiver Resource Assistance 
Tuesdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm, Drop-in  Hours
Stop in to meet Peggy, our Outreach & Resource Advocate. She will help connect to trusted and affordable resources for chores, financial help, personal care, activities, transportation, medical issues, legal issues and more. Peggy is also available by appointment Monday - Thursday. Please call  612-787-4104 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

New! Music & Movement Fitness 
Thursday , 11:00am-12:00pm
Join us on Thursday for our new music and movement class! We will be focusing on moving to the beat with standing and seated exercises. All levels are welcome and there is no cost to participate. Contact Erin with any questions at 612-787-4102.

Senior Dining 
Monday - Friday, 12:00pm-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, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Prizes available. No registration required. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for a way to engage and serve others?
Adult Day at Friendship Center is looking for a volunteer to
serve snacks and meals and support kitchen cleanup (10:30am - 1pm) M-F.  Orientation and training provided.  Join our team in delivering  quality service to the older adults of our community.
Please contact Linnea to learn more. 612-787-4045. 

Seeking volunteer drivers, resource specialists and more!
In the Neighborhood
Free Kidney Screenings
Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, March 30
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, or are over the age of 60, you are at risk for kidney disease. Give your kidneys a checkup! The National Kidney Foundation is offering a free kidney screening through its KEEP Healthy program.
  • Thursday, March 2, 6:00pm-9:00pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Thursday, March 30, 3:00pm-7:30pm at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 3355 N. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412
For more information call 651-636-7300, extension 421 or email

Sponsored by National Kidney Foundation.
Indoor Walking Group
Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm 
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
Thursday, March 16 and Monday, March 20
Nail clipping and other foot care is provided by a nurse from Quality Foot Care. 
  • Thursday, March 16th from 10:00am-12:00pm 
    at The Legacy of Saint Anthony, 2540 Kenzie Terrace, St. Anthony.
  • Monday, March 20th from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The NE United Methodist Church, 2510 Cleveland Avenue NE, Minneapolis.
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 on  Thursday , March 23 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at Central Clinic - Neighborhood HealthSource ( 2301 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 ).  To schedule a mammogram, call 612-287-2433.
Funded by Susan J. Komen Minnesota and Park Nicollet Health Services. 
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) at Fremont, Sheridan, and Central Clinics. There is no cost to participants.  To learn more call (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.
Resource Corner
Nutrition Nuggets 
Breakfast is a necessary and important meal. Make sure you include foods that contain protein: Eggs are quick and easy to prepare; whole grain toast with peanut butter or a slice of cheese and a glass of milk makes a quick meal; or try plain yogurt and add your favorite fruit. As many regular yogurts are high in sugar, adding canned, frozen, or fresh fruit will increase your fiber and provide vitamins and minerals. Including protein in your diet can help you maintain muscle tone, support fall prevention and improve your balance.                               
Bridget Doyle PhD, RD-N
"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is a good reminder that what we eat is important and can make a long lasting impact on our health. For more information on National Nutrition Month and healthy eating, check out   
EVA Outreach & Resource Advocate 
Find trusted and affordable resources for chores, financial help, personal care, activities, transportation, medical issues, legal issues and more. EVA is hosting a walk-in Elder and Caregiver Resource Assistance on Tuesdays starting March 7.  Reach out to Peggy for more information at 612-787-4104.
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors
Contact Senior LinkAge Line  1-800-333-2433 or online at for more information. 
East Side Neighborhood Services | 612-781-6011 | |
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413