Making healthy choices about what (and how much) you eat is important, but it is only one link in the chain connecting nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
The topics under the “Healthy Living” section will help you navigate what you need to know to understand the role that nutrition plays in general health and wellness, ways to stay safe and be prepared for an emergency, and the impact that other activities in your life, such as shopping, cooking, and exercising have on your ability to keep up with healthy eating habits.
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.

Webinar: Social isolation: Impact and Age-Friendly Interventions

March 7, 2018

Loneliness or social isolation among older adults has been demonstrated to adversely impact both mental and physical wellbeing. Recent studies have outlined that social isolation among older adults is associated with increased health care spending by Medicare. Some suggest that social isolation should be considered a social determinant of health. In Great Britain, Prime Minister… Read more »

AARP Food and Entertaining

April 16, 2015

AARP has a selection of articles and tips on how seniors and baby boomers can plan easy but enjoyable meals.

Food Shopping—Making the Trip Easier, Saving on the Cost

April 16, 2015

Making wise food choices as you grow older might be easier than you think. Part of the “What’s On Your Plate?” booklet by the National Institute on Aging, this article provides tips and considerations to help older adults make the most of their shopping trips.

Healthy Eating on a Budget

April 16, 2015

Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost more. Use these tips and materials to help you make choices that are not only healthy but also economical.

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

April 16, 2015

The Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website, run by the Iowa State University Extension focuses on sharing ideas, tips, resources and recipes to help you reduce your food expenses by planning ahead, organizing your kitchen, and finding ways to save at the grocery store and when eating out.

Age Page: Cancer Facts For People Over 50

April 17, 2015

Cancer strikes people of all ages, but persons are more likely to get cancer as they get older, even if no one in their family has previously had cancer. This fact sheet discusses cancer symptoms to watch for; recommended cancer screening tests, cancer treatments, and suggestions for personal actions to help prevent cancer.

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

April 15, 2015

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? This guide will give you some good suggestions for healthy surfing techniques.

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

April 17, 2015

Many people do not realize that fruits and vegetables can be the cause of outbreaks of food borne illness. This tip sheet explains how fruits and vegetables can be related to food borne illnesses and gives recommendations to help consumers avoid illnesses.

Age Healthier, Breathe Easier

April 17, 2015

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than two million adults age 65 and older have asthma, and in 2004 more than one million older adults suffered an asthma episode. This fact sheet discusses hazards that can trigger COPD and asthma and makes suggestions for… Read more »

Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers

April 17, 2015

Food, eating, and mealtimes are important parts of life. Food gives us life-sustaining nourishment and contributes to good health, eating satisfies our hunger and stimulates our senses, and mealtimes can be important sharing and social times with family and friends. Many of our favorite experiences and memories—preparing and sharing holiday dinners with family members, celebrating… Read more »