Older adults have unique health needs and characteristics compared with the rest of the population.  Seniors are much more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, hospital admissions and readmissions, and emergency room usage. Additionally, participants in Administration on Aging programs, on average, take 10 or more prescription drugs on a daily basis.

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation

April 17, 2015

Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity’s effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic. The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to… Read more »

Quick Start: Diet Guide for Celiac Disease

April 17, 2015

This leaflet is intended to be used as a general reference tool for persons newly diagnosed with celiac disease and for persons with Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH). Understanding the dietary requirements discussed in this leaflet will enable these persons to read food product labels and determine if a product is safe to eat.

Healthy Living

April 17, 2015

An index of topics on the CDC website related to healthy living.

Can Eating Fruits and Vegetables Help People to Manage Their Weight?

April 17, 2015

This brief examines the evidence from available studies to determine whether eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight management. The research covered supports the conclusion that replacing foods of high energy density (high calories per weight of food) with foods of lower energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, can be an important part… Read more »

Celiac Disease: Food Chart

April 17, 2015

This chart lists foods that are allowed, foods to avoid, and other foods that may contain gluten. It can be used as a guide to help someone on a gluten-free diet to select their foods.

Evidence for Nutritional Benefits in Prolonging Wellness

April 17, 2015

Healthy aging involves the interaction between genes, the environment, and lifestyle factors, particularly diet and physical activity. Worldwide, the increase in life span has led to an increase in morbidity and mortality as the result of chronic, lifestyle-influenced diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Nutrient deficiency diseases are giving way to… Read more »

Food Insufficiency and the Nutritional Status of the Elderly Population

April 17, 2015

Studies have shown that food insufficiency, defined as “an inadequate amount of food intake due to lack of resources”, is found in the US population of all ages. A few reports have shown that food insufficient people eat less than the food sufficient population, but no studies have reported on the overall nutritional status of… Read more »

Food and Nutrition for Life: Malnutrition and Older Americans

April 15, 2015

This paper discusses malnutrition among older persons, potential causes for this malnutrition, how malnutrition among the elderly affects society and what national programs are addressing malnutrition among older Americans. It also looks at challenges, limitations, and gaps in nutrition and aging research and legislative and policy responses to malnutrition in older persons.