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Healthy eating, nutrition, and diet

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Healthy eating is a cornerstone of healthy aging. 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!

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.
Variety of vitamins in a person's hand.

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.
Unused bathroom scale

Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating

Do you have trouble shopping on a budget, keeping your appetite up, or chewing and swallowing? Get problem-solving suggestions for common barriers to healthy eating.
Vegetable stir fry

Concerned About Constipation?

Constipation can happen to older adults for many reasons. Learn about the symptoms, possible causes, and treatments.
Older adults drinking fiber-rich smoothies to help with constipation.

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