Healthy Living Manual: The How-to Guide for Healthy Aging

Nutrition & Diet

Food provides the energy and nutrients needed to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Studies show that a good diet in later years reduces risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As we age, less energy may be needed, but we still need just as many of the nutrients in food. To get them:

  • Choose a variety of healthy foods
  • Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol
  • Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated and trans-fats
  • Choose lots of vegetables and fruits in different colors.
  • Make sure most of your grains (like rice and pasta) are whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, seafood, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Stay away from trans-fat and saturated fats , cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugar.


Benefits from a Healthy Diet

How Can You Eat Healthy

Nutritional Diet Resources

Assistance Programs