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Good nutrition is key to longevity and prevention of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. According to the Administration on Aging, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are responsible for 14 percent of preventable deaths. Only tobacco use causes more preventable deaths in the US.

Poor nutritional health stems from a variety of factors including:
– Eating too little or too much
– Eating the same foods day after day
– Not eating enough fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and fiber
– Skipping meals
– Difficulties with eating caused by poor oral health (mouth, teeth gums)

Studies have shown that it’s never too late to build strength, increase endurance, and enhance nutrition. Good nutrition for seniors generally includes fewer calories, though nutritionists recommend seniors maintain a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. The 70+ Food Guide Pyramid, developed by Tufts University, addresses the fact that seniors eat less and typically don’t get enough nutrients in the their diet. The main recommendations included in the 70+ Food Guide Pyramid include:
– 8 glasses of water per day (hydration is very important)
– Dark, leafy greens like spinach
– Yellow and orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash
– Colorful fruit like strawberries and mangos
– High-fiber foods in every meal- oranges, carrots, beans, and brown rice
– Vitamin D, Calcium, and B12 Supplements
– Minimal fats, oils, and sweets

Click here for more information about the 70+ Food Guide Pyramid.

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Good nutrition is key to longevity and prevention of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. According to the Administration on Aging, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are responsible for 14 percent of preventable deaths. Only tobacco use causes more preventable deaths in the US. Poor nutritional health stems from a...