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A Lifetime of Nutritious Eating for Seniors & Older Americans

Every May, the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living celebrates the observance of Older Americans Month. The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our well-being. You can make eating a social event by cooking with family and friends or inviting people over for potlucks. You can also make eating a more social activity by joining lunches or dinners that are available at community centers or senior centers.

As we age, it is important to maintain healthy habits. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that older adults should consume foods with higher amounts of fiber, vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. It is also important for older adults to limit their intake of saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars.

Another healthy habit to improve health and wellness is physical activity. Researchers have found that physical activity can help you live longer and better. Try going for little walks throughout the day or a long one at the end of the day.

Foods that include produce, whole grains, healthy fats, but less dairy and more fish are great for our health as we age! These types of food are usually associated with a Mediterranean-style diet. You can learn more about the USDA MyPlate dietary recommendations and information for Older Americans at

Try this broiled cod recipe to implement more fish on your plate. Roast any type of vegetable as a side dish and enjoy!