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A healthy foundation: understanding older adults' caloric needs and how to achieve them by Kathryn Porter, MS, RD-1296

A healthy foundation: understanding older adults' caloric needs and how to achieve them by Kathryn Porter, MS, RD

Determining what, when and why to eat certain foods to meet a target calorie level can be a challenging and daunting task at any age. This task is even greater in later life, however.

Older adults may be experiencing decline in muscle mass, less volume and intensity of physical activity, chronic health conditions, physical limitations, numerous medications, and slower metabolisms. Additionally, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2007–2008 reported that 78% of American men and 69% of American women ages 60 and older were overweight, while 37% and 34% respectively were obese; moreover, 60% of men and 74% of women had abdominal obesity.



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More table settings for healthy eating

When the MyPlate icon was released by the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services in June of 2011, it was a departure from the previous food pyramids. The goals were to remind people to make healthy food choices based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and to keep it simple.



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Plan programs for healthy eating

Nutrition is an important component of the physical dimension of wellness. After all, good nutrition in concert with physical activity helps older adults maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease and enjoy overall health (Dietary Guidelines for American, 2010).

March is National Nutrition Month in Canada and the United States. Both the Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetic Association promote this month by providing educational materials for consumers and health professionals to use. These materials provide a rich store of information for hosting healthy eating events during March.



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Food choices for weight management

Overweight and obesity are becoming a major health concern for people of all ages, including midlife and older adults. From the viewpoint of health, overweight and obesity increase the risks for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep problems, osteoarthritis and other conditions (National Institutes of Health).

Although the causes of overweight and obesity can be complex, the World Health Organization summarizes major causes as a global shift towards diets of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, and a trend towards decreased physical activity.



Healthy eating made fun by Melissa Thoemke-1112

Healthy eating made fun by Melissa Thoemke

The idea sprang from a story told by a Panorama retirement community resident who was recovering from open heart surgery. He was trying to figure out why his daughter was angry with him for eating a cheeseburger at a local fast food restaurant.

This “aha!” moment turned into Food 2 B Fit, a nutrition program led by myself, the fitness coordinator, and the catering manager, Meggin Turk, at Panorama, a continuing care retirement community in Lacey, Washington.



Advertise vegetables and fruits  by Patricia Ryan, MS-1081

Advertise vegetables and fruits by Patricia Ryan, MS

Physical activity and nutrition are intertwined within the physical dimension of wellness. Both healthy food and activity are needed for overall health and the prevention or management of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other conditions that are more common in older ages.



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