National Nutrition Month and Seniors
The following was submitted by the North Andover Senior Center.
March is National Nutrition month. Help spread the word about healthy eating as you age and programs available to help seniors afford nutritious food.
Healthy eating is important for everyone. But it can be even more critical as you age, especially if you’re living with a chronic condition. Evidence shows that good nutrition gives you more energy and endurance and plays a critical role in preventing and managing conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Unfortunately, nearly 4 million older adults today are food insecure—meaning they lack the means to purchase nutritious food. Here are some tips that can help you know what food you need and how to pay for it. How many calories your body needs as you get older depends on both your age and your level of activity.
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a moderately active woman over age 50 should consume about 1,800 calories a day to stay at her current weight. For an older man, that number is 2,200 to 2,400. Examples of moderate activity include walking, dancing, and swimming. Just like at younger ages, it’s important to get your calories by eating a variety of foods from the five food groups—including whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein and dairy—and limit solid fats and added sugars.
For some seniors, especially those who live alone on a fixed limited income, it can be difficult to shop for and afford fresh food on a regular basis. The good news is that there are programs that can help: Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs provide millions of meals each year to older adults at senior centers and in their own homes.
If you would like to receive Meals on Wheels call the North Andover Senior Center at 978 688-9560.