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Well-Being: Eat Healthy

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Your body changes with age. So do your nutritional needs. You may not be thirsty and forget to drink or food may not taste the same. Your diet may need to change as part of your efforts to manage conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Ask for a referral to a dietitian, if needed.

  • Drink enough water and make healthy choices
  • Eat whole grains and lean protein
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit salt, sweets, and unhealthy fats

Your medications may interact with certain foods. Ask your primary care provider if there are diet changes you need to make to avoid food/drug interactions.

Programs that Work for Veterans

The programs and resources listed below are offered in communities throughout the U.S. and are not specifically endorsed by the VA. Open the link to learn more about the program/resource and to find a location near you.

Learn ways to:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes most days of the week

Eat Smart, Live Strong Campaign

  • Tool that adjusts the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “My Plate” serving recommendations to meet the needs of older adults

Elder Nutrition and Food Safety

  • Tips and recommendations on eating wisely to maximize your health.

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Eat Wisely

  • List of resources that offer nutritional guidance to seniors

Nutrition information for you

  • A national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.

MOVE! Weight Management Program
MOVE Healthy Living: Eat Healthy

  • Helpful articles and nutritional guidance to older adults, such as prevention of foodborne illnesses (“food poisoning”)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety for Seniors

  • Food benefits programs for seniors

SNAP Benefits Checkup by State

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Aging (NIA) Articles:

Healthy Eating After 50
Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief
High Blood Pressure
What’s on Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Find out about other Well-being topics

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