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ICYMI: Using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Promote Healthy Aging


This week, Julia Quam from the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion joined us for a wonderful webinar on Using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to Promote Healthy Aging.

For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 provides nutrition guidance by life stage, including specific guidance for older adults. Older adults have unique nutrition needs, experience changes in body composition, and face increased risks of malnutrition and chronic disease, making following a healthy dietary pattern especially important during this life stage. However, many older adults are falling short of meeting the nutrition recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines.  In this webinar, we learned why it’s never too late to start eating healthfully and how to help older adults in your community adopt healthy changes.

In addition to reviewing food-based recommendations for older adults and the scientific evidence that supports them, this presentation focused on opportunities to improve dietary intake and resources available for those working with older adults.

If you missed it, you can catch a recording of it here.

Also, Julia was so kind to provide a copy of the slides from her presentation that are attached below. Thank you to everyone that participated!


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