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altAging is inevitable for all of us. With age, the human body undergoes several physical changes, some of which can influence food choices.

The rate of change is strongly influenced by the genetic background, life experiences, and the nutritional habits of the individual. As you age, you will face many changes and challenges. In order to stay well and enjoy life, it is essential to maintain good nutrition habits and to make wise food choices. Information on nutrition can help you make those choices. You are never too old to practice good nutritional habits.

Throughout the senior years, it's important to continue eating a variety of healthful and nutritious foods to help keep your body and mind strong, and better to fight or prevent diseases.

STOP the CLOCK with these Lifestyle techniques: alt
  • Eat 5 to 6 small meals throughout the day including fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats (see a Registered dietitian to help plan your meals)
  • Include berries, low fat yogurts, and nuts daily
  • Take a multivitamin, calcium and Vitamin D supplement
  • Exercise such as walking, biking, or gardening daily
  • Start strength training to maintain muscle mass
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol to 1 to 2 drinks daily and try drinking red wine
  • Drink grape juice
  • Drink water throughout the day
  • Work your brain by reading, knitting, doing crossword puzzles, etc
  • Be positive
  • Laugh
  • Take a daily nap
  • Enjoy life!
Simply put, the best way to stay healthy as you age is to make sure that most of the foods you eat are nutritious and low in fat and to avoid processed sugar. Limit saturated fats and trans fats that are harmful to your blood vessels and increase your risk for developing heart disease.

Exercise every day. Get enough sleep and be happy. Strength training for older adults provides a nice guide to stay in shape while strengthening muscle and bone.

Consult with a registered dietitian or Ask the Experts to help you develop a healthy eating and exercise plan.