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Making a plan to eat healthy can keep you healthy and active for longer. Read these articles on how to make smart food choices, shop for healthy food on a budget, and what vitamins and minerals older people need. Use the sample menus to plan your meals and shopping list!

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Sample Menus: Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Planning a day’s worth of meals using smart food choices might seem overwhelming at first. Here are some sample menus to show you how easy it can be. These menus provide 2,000 calories a day and do not exceed the recommended amount of sodium or calories from saturated fats and added sugars. You
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USDA Food Patterns

The USDA Food Patterns can help you keep an eye on the calories you eat. For a balanced diet, choose healthy foods from five major food groups.
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Know Your Food Groups

How to eat healthy? Choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all the food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, protein foods, dairy products, and oils.
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Vitamins and Minerals for Older Adults

Older adults may have different vitamin and mineral needs than younger adults. Find recommended amounts and information on calcium, sodium, vitamin D, and more.
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Getting Enough Fluids

Drinking enough fluids helps you digest food, absorb nutrients, and get rid of waste. Read these tips to help you get enough fluids.
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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Balancing the calories you eat and physical activity is key to maintaining a healthy weight. Learn how exercise and healthy eating can help.
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Reading Food Labels

Reading food labels can help you make smart food choices. Learn how to read and understand the product date, ingredient list, and Nutrition Facts label.
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Food Safety

Practice food safety to avoid getting sick from your food. When cooking—clean, separate, cook, chill. Learn how.
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