Seniors who attend a free recipe demonstration at 11 a.m. Friday at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center will learn how to follow the motto, “Cooking Once, Eating Twice.”

An executive chef from Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and Mayo-Franciscan dietitian Jennifer Kanikula will present the program, which is geared for anyone older than 50.

“Malnutrition and obesity in senior citizens is a major concern,” Kanikula said. “Because of that, it’s important that we provide seniors with information and tips that can help them with preparing meals and incorporating fresh, healthy ingredients in their diets.”

A poor diet that lacks nutrient-rich foods can increase the risk of chronic disease, she said.

The demonstration, which Mayo-Franciscan is sponsoring in conjunction with the La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department, will incorporate whole grains, lean protein and various fruits and vegetables will be incorporated into a few recipes.

Kanikula will provide tips on using the recipes in different ways to demonstrate “how leftovers can be used to create different flavorful, healthy meals,” she said.

Anyone interested in attending can check out the Parks and Recreation website.

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