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National Nutrition Month promotes healthy lifestyle for seniors

March 5, 2014

Eating the right types of foods can help contribute to lower stroke risk, decreased blood pressure and delayed early onset Alzheimer's, as several recent scientific studies have found. Placing heavy emphasis on which foods enter one's body is vital to living a healthy lifestyle for seniors, as they can provide a number of beneficial nutrients that help lead to healthy aging and improved memory care.

To highlight the importance of following the correct diet, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has named March as National Nutrition Month. In order to celebrate healthy eating across the country, several organizations have enacted programs for community members to learn about and increase their access to the most nutritious foods available.

U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes healthy eating
The USDA released a press release at the beginning of March to promote its initiatives that focus on healthy eating, including presenting children with better options, increasing the number of healthy food providers in local areas, decreasing nationwide obesity levels and helping to inform policy makers about nutrition information. The organization has supported a number of policies and programs within the past few months, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program. While the USDA has placed a heavy emphasis on promoting healthy eating for the younger generation, a large part of their mission is ensuring all Americans have access to food offerings that are healthy and of the best quality.

Senior programs around the country focus on health
As the month progresses and more organizations hold programs for National Nutrition Month, some local offices have decided to focus on older adults and their diets. For example, the New York-based Fulton County Office for Aging will be conducting the March for Meals event, which will raise awareness about the eating habits of seniors, according to the Leader Herald. During the event, volunteers will help workers at the Kingsboro Catering kitchens to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to seniors living in the county, which, OFA director Andrea Fettinger told the source, serve more than 700 people.

Seniors living in North Carolina have an opportunity to participate in a program to help promote all-around healthy living, not just as it pertains to food. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Senior Services will work in conjunction with Stanford University to create a Living Healthy Program, which is geared toward encouraging seniors in the area to eat right, exercise and maintain healthy relationships.