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Live Healthy Georgia tip sheet [Word|Pdf]

Foods and Dietary Supplements for Healthy Aging
Practical advice for deciding what foods to eat, and what dietary supplements to take, to live a healthy and long life.

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Practical Tips and Tools
BMI (Body-Mass Index) Calculator
A quick way to measure overweight and obesity.
Easy-to-Chew Mechanically Altered Foods
Practical tips and suggestions for healthy foods to eat when chewing and swallowing are difficult.
High- and Low-Calorie Food Choices
A quick and easy guide to making healthy food choices while managing your weight.
Great resource from the USDA including a nutrient database and other tools to personalize your diet plan.
Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate
Another way to view a "healthy plate" when deciding what to eat. This model builds on USDA's MyPlate but suggests the best options within each food category. Although this tool suggests limiting the number of milk/dairy servings to one or two per day, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends three servings per day for most adults. If you have questions about how much calcium you need from your diet and/or supplements, please ask your doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare professional.
Nutrition Health Checklist
Use this checklist to find out if you or someone you know is at nutritional risk.

  1. I have an illness or condition that made me change the kind and/or amount of food I eat. [Word|Pdf]
  2. I eat fewer than two meals per day. [Word|Pdf]
  3. I eat few fruits, vegetables or milk products. [Word|Pdf]
  4. I have three or more drinks of beer, liquor or wine almost every day. [Word|Pdf]
  5. I have tooth or mouth problems that make it hard for me to eat. [Word|Pdf]
  6. I don't always have enough money to buy the food I need. [Word|Pdf]
  7. I eat alone most of the time. [Word|Pdf]
  8. I take three or more different prescribed or over-the-counter drugs a day. [Word|Pdf]
  9. Without wanting to, I have lost or gained 10 pounds in the last six months.[Word|Pdf]
  10. I am not always physically able to shop, cook and/or feed myself. [Word|Pdf]
  11. Body Weight in Older Adults [Pdf]
Online Resources
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines provide information and advice for choosing a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, achieving adequate exercise, and avoiding food-borne illness. (Download the full document)
Building a Better Diet
An article on the Mayo Clinic website outlining basic health eating principles made easy.
Eating Right for Older Adults
This worksheet from the American Dietetic Association contains healthy guidelines for older adults.
Find a Nutrition Professional
Search for a Registered Dietitian by zip code, location, or service.
Food and Dietary Supplements for Healthy Aging
Great tips for meeting the recommended dietary guidelines.
Senior Health: How to Detect and Prevent Malnutrition.
Information from the Mayo Clinic on common causes of malnutrition in the elderly, how to spot it, and wat to do about it.

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