You probably already know that making healthy choices about eating is important to keeping up your overall health, keeping up your energy levels, and avoiding illness (or recovering more quickly if you do get sick).
You may not know that as you get older, your nutrition needs change.  For example, many people over the age of 50 need fewer calories than they did before, but they also need to take in more of certain vitamins and minerals.
Additionally, as you get older, it’s common for your eating habits to change.  Many seniors have trouble eating healthy because their appetite changes, food starts to taste different, it becomes more difficult to cook or go shopping and their shopping budget changes after retirement.
But, choosing healthy foods is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are! The topics under the “Healthy Eating” section of this website will help you navigate what you need to know to make good choices about food: from understanding the Dietary Guidelines recommended by the government and experts in health and nutrition, to getting tips on managing special needs, to finding ways to make healthy choices while enjoying dinner out.  
To get started, choose from the topics listed on the right-hand side of this page. Or get more detailed information by exploring the resources listed below.

Native Healthy Foods for American Indian Communities Toolkit

October 26, 2015

The American Indian Cancer Foundation supported the development of a Healthy Native Foods toolkit designed for organizations who work with the American Indian community. This toolkit was developed by Stacy Hammer, Lower Sioux Tribal Member and Registered Dietitian. It offers strategies for healthier eating practices at the workplace and for organizations that host community events… Read more »

Portion Distortion!

April 16, 2015

Do You Know How Food Portions Have Changed in 20 Years? Anyone eating on the run or at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. Some portions are called “super size,” while others have simply grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. With this growth have come… Read more »

Serving Size Card

April 16, 2015

A pocket “Serving Size Card” which you can print and carry with you to help estimate proper serving sizes.

Water on Tap: What you need to know

April 16, 2015

The United States enjoys one of the best supplies of drinking water in the world. Nevertheless, many of us who once gave little or no thought to the water that comes from our taps are now asking the question: “Is my water safe to drink?” While tap water that meets federal and state standards is… Read more »

Fluid Needs

April 16, 2015

All beverages are mostly water, which is essential to life. Every body function depends on water, and you can live only a few days without it.  This fact sheet describes how much water you need, tips for drinking more water and avoiding dehydration.

Healthy Fast Food: Tips for Making Healthier Fast Food Choices

April 16, 2015

Fast food is cheap, convenient, filling, and to many of us it tastes good. Unfortunately, eating just one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium, and fat for an entire day or more. Eating fast food on a regular basis can lead to a host of different health problems. Still, the quick-and-cheap temptation can… Read more »

Dining Out

April 15, 2015

The American Heart Association’s Nutrition Center on Dining Out has several tips on choosing a restaurant, deciphering the menu and ordering your meal.

HealthyDiningFinder.com

April 16, 2015

Find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu selections and corresponding nutrition information for restaurants near you – from fast food to fine dining.

Salt

April 16, 2015

Most Americans should consume less sodium. The CDC provides links to research and resources about sodium intake and sodium reduction.

Water & Nutrition

April 15, 2015

Getting enough water every day is important for your health. Healthy people meet their fluid needs by drinking when thirsty and drinking with meals. Most of your fluid needs are met through the water and beverages you drink. However, you can get some fluids through the foods that you eat. For example, broth soups and… Read more »

Diabetes and Meal Planning

April 17, 2015

An interactive diabetes meal planning tutorial, this resource provides education on diabetes as a disease and the need for careful meal planning. The tutorial is available in both English and Spanish.

Vitamin B12 QuickFacts

April 17, 2015

This fact sheet from the National Institutes of Health, covers Vitamin B12’s role in keeping the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It covers how much is needed, good sources of B12, effects of too much or too little, possible medication interactions and where you can get more information.

Vitamin B6 QuickFacts

April 17, 2015

Vitamin B6 is naturally present in many foods. The body needs vitamin B6 for maintaining proper metabolism. The amount of vitamin B6 you need depends on your age. This tip sheet addresses how much vitamin B6 you need, food sources, and how taking in too little or too much B6 can affect your health.