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National Nutrition Month- Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

National Nutrition Month is recognized annually, each March. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it is a time to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month initially started as a week’s long event in 1973. Due to increasing interest from the public, it grew to a month’s long event in 1980. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we have compiled a list of healthy eating tips for seniors.

1.      Focus on Variety


Eating diverse foods ensures that you receive all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. A balanced meal should consist of the following:


-          Lean Proteins such as lean meats, seafood, eggs, and beans.

-          Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

-          Whole Grains (brown rice, whole- wheat pasta)

-          Low-fat dairy


2.      Snack Healthy


When you take the time to carefully plan out your snacks, it decreases the chance of you opting for less healthy choices from vending machines and the likes. Be sure to keep nutrient rich snacks on hand such as fresh fruit, fat-free yogurt, and nut mixes to name a few. Snacks can be viewed as mini-meals to help you eat more of the things that we don’t often consume.


3.      Hydrate often


Older adults are at an increased risk for dehydration because their sense of taste may decline with age. It is important to drink plenty of water and reduce drinking too much coffee and tea as it also can cause dehydration.


What other ways to you plan to implement healthy eating during National Nutrition Month and beyond?










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