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National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging offers free information about health and aging in English and Spanish.

Order a print version of What's On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging from the National Institute on Aging.

Information Center

Read publications about health topics (in English or Spanish) or sign up for regular email alerts about new information.

NIHSeniorHealth

A senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine with health and wellness information for older adults.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center

The National Institute on Aging offers free information (in English and Spanish) about Alzheimer’s disease, including related eating problems.

Who Can Help Me with Food Costs?

No matter how careful you are, the cost of food can still eat up a big part of your budget. There may be additional help. For more information to help with shopping and food costs, visit Help with Food Costs.

Child and Adult Care Food Program
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Meals and snacks for eligible older adults taking part in adult day care programs
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Vegetables, fruits, grain products, dry beans, and canned meats to eligible older people
Emergency Food Assistance Program
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food for low-income older adults who might not have enough to eat
Feeding America
1-800-771-2303 (toll-free)
Food pantries, soup kitchens, and community kitchens
Food Bank Locator Food banks and locator tool to help you find the food bank that serves your area
Local Harvest
1-831-515-5602
Help finding Community Supported Agriculture groups and farmers’ markets
Meals on Wheels
1-888-998-6325 (toll-free)
Meals delivered to people who have trouble getting out of their homes
National Hunger Hotline
1-866-348-6479
Emergency food supplies and government assistance programs
SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(The program in your state may have a different name.)
1-800-221-5689 (toll-free)
A special debit card used to buy most types of food, as well as seeds and plants to grow food. Used to be called Food Stamps.

Sample Menus and Recipes

Still not exactly sure what to eat? See Sample Menus for a day’s worth of meals. These menus provide 2,000 calories a day. Need help making a shopping list? See My Shopping List (PDF, 220K) for suggestions from www.health.gov.

Menu Planner
From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Interactive, online menu planner
Sample Menus
From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Sample menus for 1,200- and 1,600-calorie menus, including traditional American, Asian-American, southern, Mexican-American, and lacto-ovo vegetarian cuisine
Choose MyPlate
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Daily Food Plan with personalized menu planning help based on the Dietary Guidelines and information about food groups
Recipe Finder
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Economical and tasty recipes in English and Spanish that follow the Dietary Guidelines and include nutrition facts label information
Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH (PDF, 978K)
From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Sample menus and some recipes for the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan
USDA Recipes
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Recipes
CDC Recipes
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy recipes
NHLBI Recipes
From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Recipes and resources

General Nutrition and Healthy Eating Information

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1-800-877-1600 (toll-free)

American Heart Association
1-800-242-8721 (toll-free)

American Occupational Therapy Association
1-301-652-2682
1-800-377-8555 (TDD/toll-free)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1-800-232-4636 (toll-free)
1-888-232-6348 (TTY/toll-free)

ChooseMyPlate

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Food and Drug Administration
1-888-463-6332 (toll-free)

Food Insight
International Food Information Council Foundation
1-202-296-6540

Go4Life®
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)

Mayo Clinic

MedlinePlus

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
1-202-682-6899

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
1-301-592-8573

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
1-301-496-3583

NIHSeniorHealth

Nutrition for Everyone
1-800-232-4636 (toll-free)
1-888-232-6348 (TTY/toll-free)

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

SuperTracker

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
1-703-305-7600

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
1-202-720-2791

What's On Your Plate? is based on the nutrition recommendations for older adults in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).