Adult Caregiver Employee Resource Group: Simple Solutions to Maintain Your Health

Date: Thu, 01/26/2023 | Time: 12-1pm | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

The old saying “you are what you eat” is true. What you eat and drink become the building blocks for all of the cells in your body. Over time, your food and drink choices make a difference in your health.

Eating healthy can be easier than you think. Just remember the food groups! When you plan or prepare meals and snacks, try to include choices from all the MyPlate food groups to meet your calorie and nutrient needs.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Join us for this session. Learn simple techniques to encourage healthiness. 

This group is intended to virtually connect MSU faculty and staff who have caregiving responsibilities for adults in their lives and those navigating assisting a senior in their life with changing care needs. This group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other adult caregivers, or learning about issues such as how to care for yourself as a caregiver, how to start conversations about living situation changes, or how to navigate end of life choices conversations. Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month from 12pm to 1pm during the academic year. For questions contact Ebony Lucas at

Learning Objectives

  • The 4 food groups
  • Snacking & the four food groups
  • Simple Solutions
  • Chair exercises

About the Speaker: Mary A. Brooks

Mary Alexander Brooks is an MSUE Community Nutrition Instructor for the Nutrition and Physical Activity team. A proud graduate of both the prestigious Cass Technical High school and Wayne State University, both located in Detroit, Michigan. 

Mary Brooks holds a BA degree in Nutrition and Food Science and has done graduate school coursework in education. She considers it to be an honor to have membership in several professional associations and the recipient of various work-related and community awards.

Through the years with extension, Mary has had endless opportunities to do what she is most passionate about and that is educating diverse audiences (families, youth, adults which includes seniors, the cognitively and physically challenged) in nutrition and physical activity.

When describing her career path to others this is what Mary has to say. “I am one who shuns the limelight.  The greatest privilege in performing my job is knowing that I have made some small difference in the communities that I serve. My Family ( my parents in particular) have always been my biggest cheerleaders and supporters in every decision that I have made in my life( education, career path, etc.). 

At the end of the day,  they only ask that I remember my values (faith, integrity, commitment), remain humble, reach back to my community and keep the “Golden Rule”, treating others as I would want to be treated.”