National Nutrition Month: A Focus on Healthy Aging and Access to Nutritious Foods

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March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During this month, there is a heightened focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. National Nutrition Month also emphasizes the role of nutrition in overall health, especially as one ages. This makes it a critical time for organizations like ours — dedicated to providing services for seniors — to reiterate the importance of nutrition in healthy aging.

Is Eating Healthy More Important as We Age?

As we grow older, our bodies and nutritional needs change. Eating healthy becomes crucial for maintaining overall health, managing chronic diseases, and ensuring a high quality of life. However, access to nutritious food is a significant challenge for many seniors, especially those with limited means. It’s a well-known fact that seniors without access to nutritious options struggle to maintain their health.

National Nutrition Month Facts and Importance

In recognizing National Nutrition Month, we highlight the importance of nutritional education and resources. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains, this month is an opportunity to prevent chronic disease by making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.

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Healthy Nutrition Guidelines for Seniors

What Constitutes a Healthy Diet?

A healthy diet for seniors should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. It’s also important to limit foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Why Is Healthy Nutrition Important?

Proper nutrition can help seniors maintain a healthy weight, stay energized, and get the nutrients they need. It also reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Our Healthy Aging Month resources provide more insights into the role of nutrition in aging.

Addressing the Challenge: Access to Nutritious Foods for Seniors

Many seniors face obstacles in accessing healthy food, which can be due to financial constraints, mobility issues, or a lack of nearby grocery stores with healthy options. Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) focuses on alleviating these challenges through various programs and resources. Learn more about our efforts in providing healthy food for all.

How Can You Help?

In celebration and observance of National Nutrition Month, consider supporting our cause to keep seniors in Arizona happy and healthy. One way to help is by picking a food item off our Amazon wish list. Your contributions directly impact the lives of seniors who struggle with accessing nutritious foods!

Creative Ways to Participate in National Nutrition Month

Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month by exploring various National Nutrition Month ideas. These can range from hosting healthy cooking workshops to organizing food drives. Your involvement can make a significant difference in the lives of many seniors. For more insights on what’s most needed, check out our guide on what food banks actually need.

National Nutrition Month is more than just a month-long event — it’s a call to action for individuals and communities to recognize the importance of nutrition in healthy aging. By understanding the challenges many seniors face in accessing nutritious foods and taking steps to help, we can make a significant impact. Together, we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

About FSL

Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:

All of these are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!

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