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Older Individuals

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Use MyPlate to visualize a healthy plate and think about what foods go on your plate, in your bowl, or in your cup.

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The MyPlate Plan shows your food group targets – what and how much to eat within your calorie allowance. Your food plan is personalized, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.

Tufts University. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging released the MyPlate for Older Adults icon to provide food, fluid and physical activity guidance specifically tailored for older adults.

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Adapted from USDA's MyPlate by nutrition faculty of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Learn about special nutrition concerns for older adults, staying active, and more.

USDA. HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

10 Healthy Eating Tips for People Age 65+

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Tips to help you make better beverage choices.

HHS. Administration on Aging

Links older Americans, their families and caregivers to information and resources on services including state and local agencies and other community organizations.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Find information to help older adults incorporate physical activity into everyday life. Also available in PDF (12.54 MB).

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. It is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Also find Nutrition Tip Sheets.

HHS. Foodsafety.gov

Information about the proper handling of home delivered meals.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

How endurance, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises can help you in real-life.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Tip sheet for older adults on fluids and hydration.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

One of the Go4Life nutrition tip sheets - this one provides tips for overcoming barriers to healthy eating for older adults.

HHS. Food and Drug Administration

The Nutrition Facts label serves as your guide for making choices that can affect your long-term health. This booklet will give you the information you need to start using the Nutrition Facts label today.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Find information on Healthy Eating and Exercise and Physical Activity.

HHS. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service

Find important food safety information for older adults. Also in PDF|2.43 MB.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Eating healthy foods helps everyone stay well. It’s even more important for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some tips for healthy eating.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Library of Medicine

Also in Spanish.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Tips for choosing nutrient dense foods and snacks.

HHS. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Tips and tools to help people ages 65 and over eat healthy foods and be physically active.