(Ankeny, IA – March 10, 2011) – Nutrition discussions often focus on children and their eating habits. But do you know what your parents are eating?

When Rita Kuznia, 53, of Janesville, MN, got the call her father-in-law had been hospitalized for dehydration, it became apparent the 85-year old, along with his 85-year old wife, were no longer able to provide proper nutrition for themselves. “They were also eating a diet heavy in starches,” said Kuznia. “And my father-in-law was gaining weight but couldn’t understand why.”The challenge for Rita and her husband was that both were working full-time and living 90 miles away, and she knew she could not be responsible for preparing and delivering nutritious, appetizing meals for her in-laws every day. “They insisted on staying in their own home, and so we did what we could and found healthy meals that could be delivered to them.

”Mom’s Meals ( a program designed to ensure seniors get the protein and nutrients needed at each meal by preparing, packaging and delivering fresh-made, ready-to-heat meals directly to a customer’s door.

“Mom’s Meals allowed him to stop the weight gain and actually start losing a few pounds,” Kuznia continued. “We were also worried that diabetes would become a problem if we couldn’t correct their eating habits.”

According to Dr. Sam Beattie, Director of Nutritional Services for Mom’s Meals, studies have shown up to 53% of the elderly are malnourished at the time they enter a hospital. “This population is more likely to be hospitalized, and once hospitalized, have a longer length of stay and have poorer health outcomes than people not suffering from malnutrition,” he said.

It is estimated that up to 44% of the homebound elderly population becomes malnourished, the result of an unbalanced diet lacking essential nutrients. Getting to a grocery store can be a challenge, and for those lacking mobility, suffering from poor eyesight, arthritis, or other health conditions, shopping for and/or preparing meals is almost impossible. Senior meals can be a simple solution to an often overwhelming problem.

For Rita and her husband, senior meal delivery provided peace of mind for herself and her husband, as well as her in-laws. “I’m not crazy about frozen meals in stores, but Mom’s Meals are as close to the homemade meals I’d make if I had the time,” she said. “And my in-laws can be very picky,” she said. “But they loved this right from the start.”

“Proper nutrition, especially in the elderly, is the key to extending life, enabling independence for a longer period of time, and avoiding costly medical intervention for a variety of ailments which can be exacerbated by this serious condition,” said Beattie.

Mom’s Meals delivers over five million meals each year and all are designed by a research chef working with a registered dietician, using nutritional guidelines especially designed to meet the needs of elderly population.

Mom’s Meals offers a variety of meals that meet the requirements of low sodium, low fat, and low carbohydrate recommendations that a physician might suggest. Customers may customize their own menu of 10, 14, or 21 fresh-prepared meals from a menu of over 50 different options, and meals are delivered in ready-to-heat and eat packages that stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.

Breakfast entrees include a Colby cheese omelet with mini pancakes and turkey sausage or cinnamon French toast with a cheddar cheese omelet. Lunch options range from spaghetti with meat sauce to homemade meatloaf with herbed tomato and rice and chicken fajita with vegetables. For dinner, customers may choose from entrees including honey Dijon white chicken with orange essence brown rice and broccoli and salmon patty with dill sauce and wild rice.

In the case of the Kuznia family, her in-laws are now ready for an assisted living facility. At the end of the month, they’ll move into their new home, and Mom’s Meals will go with them.

“Even though we expect them to eat some meals in the common dining room, we’ll still make sure they have Mom’s Meals on hand each week so that we know they’re eating and eating well.” And, as Kuznia says, “My husband and I will continue to fight over the leftovers… when they leave us some!”

Mom’s Meals personal representatives are available to take orders by phone weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Central time at 866-971-6667. Orders may also be placed via the web at

Media Contact: Deborah L. Albert 215.283.6006