Issue #390 | December 10-14, 2018
What's the Deal With Whole Grains?
There is a lot of talk about “whole grains” these days, but what’s so great about them?

Well, grains are an essential part of a healthy diet. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals and are naturally low in fat. Refined grains have had their bran and fiber stripped away from the original grain when they are milled. Examples of refined grains are white bread, white rice, pretzels, saltine crackers, enriched pasta, and regular breakfast cereal.   Whole grains, or foods made from them, contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. They are a better source of fiber and other nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and selenium. Substituting refined grains with whole wheat grains can keep your heart healthy, reduce your risk for certain cancers, help maintain blood sugar levels, and help maintain a regular digestive system. 

Checking nutrition labels and ingredient lists are the best way to ensure that you are eating whole grains. Many products claim that food is made with whole grains, which can be misleading if there is only a small portion of 100% whole wheat used. Be sure the first ingredient on the list contains the words “100% whole-grain”. Words like “wheat flour, enriched flour, degerminated, bran or wheat germ, semolina, durum wheat, organic flour, or multigrain” may not be 100% whole grain.

Also, don’t be fooled by the color! Many products that are brown in color are artificially colored to make them look “healthy”. So be sure to look at nutrition labels and ingredient lists to be sure that at least half the grains you are eating are actually 100% whole grains! 
Senior Millage Activities
The following activities are made possible by the Muskegon County Senior Millage and Senior Resources and will be provided on a donation basis.

Must call the AgeWell Wellness Office to reserve your spot by calling
231-733-8643.
Pickleball
Orchard View Community Education 1765 Ada Ave., Muskegon
Thursday's from 4:30-5:30pm

Join us for some pickleball games. This is a great opportunity to not only get physical exercise but to make new friends.
Enhanced Fitness
Orchard View Community Education
1765 Ada Ave., Muskegon
Tuesday's & Thursday's, 9:30-10:30am

Join us for this moderate level fitness class where Strength Training, Flexibility, Aerobic Exercise and Balance is combined into one class.
Stretch & More
Holton Branch Library
8776 Holton-Duck Lake Rd, Holton
Friday's from 1-2pm

This class allows you to learn a combination of health tips (arthritis and other), relaxations techniques and a a majority of stretching exercises.
Lunch & Learns
The goal of the Lunch & Learns is to enhance the skills, knowledge, thinking, and learning abilities of participants based on the AgeWell Services Dimensions of Wellness—SPINS (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Nutritional and Spiritual). They are provided in a relaxing, informal environment where participants have the opportunity to learn about something new and interesting. New topics every month!

Lunch & Learns are from 12-1:30pm with a lunch provided on a donation basis.
MCC Lakeshore Fitness Center
December 14 - Understanding Your Cardiac Medicine
RPNIA - Rebecca Lenoir Center
December 19 - Elder Law with Westshore Law
Orchard View Community Education
December 19 - Elder Law with Parmenter Law
White Lake Area Community Education
December 17 - Online Safety
Made Possible By:
Let's Play BINGO!
Play Bingo on  Tuesday, Jan. 8, Feb. 7 & Mar. 5 from 3-5 p.m.  
 
Bingo will be held in the AgeWell Services Training Room A & B at Tanglewood Park, 560 Seminole Road, Muskegon. 
Bingo is 25 cents per card. Prizes awarded each game! Come make new friends, play Bingo and win! 
Give to AgeWell Services
AgeWell Services prepares and delivers 1,600 meals each day to Seniors in Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana Counties, but the need for our services continues to grow daily. A donation of any amount can go a long way towards helping deliver hope to seniors.
Volunteering is also a great way to give to AgeWell. It is only through the dedicated service of our volunteers that we are able to meet the needs of so many seniors in our area. An hour a week can make a huge difference!
Driftwood Cafe Featured Items & Special Events
Feature Item
December 10-14
Bees Knees Mac N' Cheese
Pasta shells covered in creamy sharp cheddar cheese, seasoned with cayenne pepper and spices. Topped with crumbled croutons and green onions. Served with your choice of a side. $5.75


Holiday Gift Card Bonus
From December 3 - December 21, for every $25 of Driftwood Cafe gift cards you purchase, we are going to give you a bonus $5 gift card. Stop by the Driftwood Cafe for more information.
Discount Dining Program
The Discount Dining program provides a nutritious meal for only $4.00 to seniors 60 years and older. This meal program is different than other meal programs because you select the meal from the restaurant menu, instead of the AgeWell Services Kitchen.

Participating restaurants include:
Driftwood Cafe at Tanglewood Park: 560 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, MI 49444
Daniel's Restaurant: 55 E. South Ave., Hesperia, MI 49421

To sign-up for this program, please contact the Wellness Office at (231) 733-8643 or wellness@agewellservices.org.
Driftwood Cafe Discount Dining Weekly Menu
Tuesday Night Discount Dining - Buffet
December 11, 4-6 p.m.
Bourbon Chicken. Includes your choice of sides: White Rice, Winter Squash, Green Beans, Fruit Cocktail

Thursday Night Discount Dining - Served at your table.
December 13, 4-6 p.m.
Lasagna, served with Garlic Bread, Corn, Cauliflower and Peaches. Includes your choice of Caesar or Garden Salad.
AgeWell Services of West Michigan
560 Seminole Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49444
(231) 755-0434
www.agewellservices.org