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Community Connections

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Cally Endres (right) fielded the call at Windmill Ponds in Alexandria. It came from the nearby Community Behavioral Health Hospital (CBHH), operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the first of six such hospitals in the state. They were inquiring whether Windmill Ponds had excess capacity to supply meals from its kitchen.

Cally had recently joined Windmill Ponds as the Culinary Manager. It was a perfect match for her skill-set, as her formal education was in Dietetics. That call began a nearly two-year service relationship, for Windmill Ponds to provide three meals and two snacks, each day, for the CBHH. Cally was recently promoted to Business Office Manager for Windmill Ponds, but carefully monitors the relationship, along with her successor in the kitchen, Becky Sheggeby (left).

“We take pride in the quality of our food for residents,” says Cally. “We enjoy being able to meet the needs for another location as well. This relationship helps us accomplish our goal to be more closely connected with the community.”

Windmill Ponds is in a quiet neighborhood on the east side of Alexandria. It offers 65 one-and-two-bedroom apartments, designed for seniors who want an active lifestyle with access to the care they need.

Want to learn more about Windmill Ponds? Cally’s direct number is 320-815-3279. She also might share a favorite recipe.

March is National Nutrition Month

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Did you know? March is National Nutrition Month.

With Spring’s arrival we’re all looking forward to green sprouts on the horizon. In fact, Spring may have inspired The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to initiate “National Nutrition Month” in March – a time to anticipate new growth and new thoughts about what we eat. Continue reading “March is National Nutrition Month” »

Fun Fall Snacks for Seniors

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Have you felt a little extra chill in the air recently? Well, that’s because September 22 was the official first day of fall!

Fall is not only a beautiful season to enjoy visually, the food it brings is also delicious! From fresh, crisp apples to the sweet taste of cinnamon. With the weather changing, why not change your snacking choices too?

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7 Healthy Spring Snacks

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Spring is a time of transition. Mother Nature starts over with blooming flowers and trees, you change out your wardrobe (goodbye heavy parka and clunky boots, hello lightweight jacket and slip-on shoes), why not switch up your snacking habits, too? Ditch the greasy chips and calorie-laden candy for smart snacking—actually encouraged by nutritionists in order to avoid overeating at meal time. In honor of March being National Nutrition Month, here are some healthy snack ideas:

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National Nutrition Month: How to Recognize and Prevent Senior Malnutrition

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Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.

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