Earlier this year, Drake University students enrolled in the course BIO 30: Personal Fitness and Nutrition visited the Grubb Y to lead an activity with our active older adults (AOA) group. The students introduced MyPlate, a free healthy eating tool, and played a nutrition-themed Jeopardy game with our members. “I think the adults really enjoyed playing this game,” one student said. “It seemed like they had competitive personalities, so I think they liked being able to team up and compete with each other in a fun way.”
“The older adults were extremely friendly, talkative, interactive, sassy and competitive, not only with each other but with us students as well,” another Drake student reflected. “Overall, I would say that they had a good time playing the nutritional jeopardy as well as learned some facts that might help them in their dietary choices.”
Another student was surprised by how much the AOA group already knew. “They asked us questions, some questions that even we didn't know the answers to. It was a little surprising that although we were learning about these topics in depth, the adults knew more about some things than us!”
Thank you to Dr. Heidi Sleister, Professor of Biology at Drake University, and her students for visiting us at the Grubb Y!