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Mary’s Message: A Focus on Nutrition

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

The month of March brings us brighter days with Spring just around the corner! We look forward to spending our days walking outside and exploring the flowers blooming, all while exercising our heart. Although we have many things to celebrate each month, this month marks a time to focus on nutrition.

Kensington Park is sure lucky to have Chef Morissa and her passion for food! She is always finding new ways to individualize meals, while still serving delicious dishes three times a day to more than 200 people – including the Kensington Park staff! Chef Morissa is passionate about the menus as she creates and plans them for the entire campus. She takes into consideration resident preferences and diets, while even weaving in some of our own resident recipes. This takes significant planning and time, and menus are rotated seasonally.

In conjunction with Chef Morissa, Kensington Park is fortunate to have Registered Dietician, Terry Fuller, who works closely with Chef Morissa and her dining team. Terry’s role is to oversee the menu from a nutritional standpoint and make sure the menu meets daily nutritional values for a balanced diet. To get you thinking about your own nutrition, here are some fun nutritional facts for you and your pets:

• Mangos are the most consumed fruit in the world.
• The liquid part of yogurt that sometimes separates on the top – known as the whey –
contains important nutrients such as calcium, potassium and protein.
• By cooking in a cast iron skillet, you get the benefits of added iron to your meal.
• Your pets should never eat raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts or chocolate. Eating fairly
large amounts of raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs. Macadamia nuts and
chocolate (particularly dark or baking chocolate) can cause vomiting, upset stomach and
other symptoms.

Keep walking! Current research reveals that too much sitting is detrimental to a person’s health, even if you engage in the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous activity (>150 minutes per week).

Our campus lends itself to walking – so get up, get out and get some fresh Spring air!