Niagara Office of Aging Joins COA for “Meals with Monica”


It was “Zoodles” of fun on the set of the Council of Older Adults (COA*) of Niagara’s Young at Heart television show this month with special guests from the Niagara County Office for the Aging — Darlene DiCarlo, Director (center), and Susan Christian, Aging Services Specialist (left). The ladies joined COA Coordinator Monica Barner in this special cooking segment featuring a simple, nutritious meal made with Zucchini – one of the summer’s most abundant veggies grown in Niagara County. Zucchini possesses an impressive nutritional content – it boasts high levels of potassium, B-vitamins, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, which all offer immense benefits to health. It can even potentially help regulate blood sugar levels, which can greatly benefit diabetics. Zucchini is one of the many vegetables available to eligible seniors through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers, which can be used like cash at participating area farm stands.  Call the Niagara County Office for the Aging 438-3030 for more info about this and other nutrition programs.


Give this delicious new recipe using Zucchini a try – Bon Appétit! (Click recipe to enlarge)

zuc recipe


(* Council for Older Adults – The Council for Older Adults is made up of representatives from various senior clubs and groups and individual members from across Niagara County. The COA offers many activities to help older adults remain active, healthy and independent. The COA is funded by the Niagara County Office for the Aging.)