Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality, and the ability to remain at home in the community. For seniors, healthy eating can help increase mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed, and the effectiveness of chronic health problem management. This section provides articles and resources which demonstrate the link between proper food and nutrition.

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 »

Fit and Fabulous as You Mature

April 17, 2015

Being physically active and eating well may help you stay fit and feel fabulous over the years. If you are overweight or inactive, you may have a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or certain forms of cancer. In addition to improving your physical health, moving more and eating better may also… Read more »

AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise

April 17, 2015

The AARP Bulletin commissioned a nationwide survey in November 2011 to assess the level of physical activity among adults age 45 and older. Respondents were asked about their current level of physical activity, their favority type of physical activity, time spent exercising per week, and if they are more or less physically active than they… Read more »

Caregivers

April 17, 2015

Caregivers are people who take care of other adults, often parents or spouses, or children with special medical needs. Some caregivers are family members; others are paid. Caregiving is hard, and caregivers of chronically ill people often feel stress. They are “on call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This web site has… 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.

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2010

April 17, 2015

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides millions of Americans with the means to purchase food for a nutritious diet. SNAP is the largest of the 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This report describes the characteristics of SNAP households and participants… Read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

April 17, 2015

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 provides information and advice for choosing a healthy eating pattern—namely, one that focuses on nutrient-dense foods and beverages, and that contributes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Such a healthy eating pattern also embodies food safety principles to avoid foodborne illness. These guidelines are intended to be used… Read more »

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 Executive Summary

April 17, 2015

Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 exemplifies these strategies through recommendations that accommodate the food preferences,… Read more »

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 »

Age Page: Healthy Eating After 50

April 17, 2015

There are some common reasons some older people do not eat healthy meals. However, making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do — no matter how old a person is. This fact sheet provides information about healthy eating for older persons.

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Functional Foods

April 17, 2015

Each year, Congress appropriates funds for use by Administration on Aging (AoA) and the other Federal Agencies in carrying out their mission. AoA provides grant funding to States and territories, recognized Native American Tribes and Hawaiian Americans, as well as nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and academic institutions. Individuals are not eligible to apply for AoA… Read more »