Culinary creative residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Ivybridge are getting their ‘five a day’ with healthy smoothies as part of a health and wellbeing drive.
The residents and the team at Ivydene Residential and Nursing Home in Staniforth Drive have kick-started the year in healthy style as part of the home’s ‘New Year, New You’ drive.
Peeling and slicing an abundance of bananas, celery, melon, tomatoes, and other colourful fruit and winter vegetables, residents and the team have been juicing the produce into delicious smoothie drinks.
Resident Gaye Gatehouse, who is 80 years old said: “It’s always important to eat and drink healthily so it’s lovely to be shown different ways to maintain this.”
Nighty two-year-old resident Betty Cridland added: “It has been fun to try new things, I really enjoyed all the smells. It’s easy to forget how important healthy eating is, even when you get older, so it’s great to be involved.”
Yoga, tai chi, cycling and more…
As part of the wellbeing campaign, the Staniforth Drive home will be keeping busy with a range of fun and healthy activities throughout January, with residents taking part in weekly armchair yoga sessions, tai chi and sampling new fruit and vegetables from different places in the world.
The team will also be working up a sweat when they take part in a 26-mile cycle-a-thon which is the distance of the London marathon on the home’s exercise bike.
New Year’s resolution that benefits all!
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Michelle Shail said: “We always promote healthy living at Ivydene but as the New Year approached we thought what better way to up the ante than with a New Year’s resolution that will benefit us all.
“Everyone is doing amazingly well and the residents are thoroughly enjoying their new yoga sessions and trying new fruit and vegetables, as well as making their own smoothies – there is a real sense of pride when they get to sit down and taste what they’ve created, some of the smoothies were just gorgeous!”