Project EMMA: Eat better, Move More and Age Well
Project EMMA provides nutrition education and locally grown food along with exercise programs to improve health in older adults. The project involves 5 county nutrition sites and Asheville Terrace Apartments, Battery Park and Vanderbilt as well as home food delivery program individuals. EMMA offers increased opportunities for healthy living – improving access to and increased consumption of fresh local foods and increased physical activity and overall mental well being through chair exercises and alternative therapy programs.
In partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the YWCA of Asheville, with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, EMMA brings fresh food and highly skilled exercise instructors to all the Senior Dining Sites on a regular schedule. A rooftop garden at the Battery Park Apartments is tended by residents with help from students from local schools. The garden produces flowers and vegetables shared by all who participate. For more information about Project EMMA contact Cyndy Wallhausser at CyndyW@coabc.org or 828-252-7995.
Watch Project EMMA videos:
UNC Asheville's NC Center for Health and Wellness article Helping Ensure Healthy Living for Older Adults
Mmm Good! Mondays
Why is healthy eating so important for older adults? Get the facts, share ideas and learn how to make nutritious dishes that are simple but delicious. Best of all, sample the results!
Tai Chi Tuesdays
Join our Tai Chi for Arthritis certified educators in a gentle exercise with multiple benefits. Tai Chi helps reduce the risk of falling for older adults. It improves muscle strength, flexibility, and helps calm and focus the brain.
Chair exercise classes include strength, balance, flexibility and endurance training, and are based on exercise components from the National Institute on Aging and the “Matter of Balance” falls prevention program. Come every Friday and make a commitment to keep fit.
The Senior Series is offered every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 – 9a.m. Make a commitment to your health – come every week! Programs are free with museum admission or membership.* Call Myra at 828-665-2217 ex. 317 for more information
*Yearly memberships are $50 and scholarships are available.