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Healthy Eating as We Age

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September 27, 2022
Brandi Silver

This is Brandi Silver, FCS agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. Our program today is about healthy eating as we age.

Healthy eating can make a difference in our health as we age. Good nutrition can help to improve how we feel, and give us more energy.

Start by enjoying a variety of foods from each food group to help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Focus on a variety of fruits and vegetables. You will also need to get enough lean protein throughout the day to maintain muscle mass. Be sure to incorporate strengthening exercises to your weekly routine.

You also want to choose foods with little to no added sugar. The updated label requirements have added sugar listed in black and white! Read those labels!

As we age, we may lose our sense of thirst. Be sure to drink water often. It is a great idea to get in the habit of filling a container with the amount of water you want to drink for the day and make it a goal to drink it all. Water is a nutrient and our bodies need it to function properly.

The Extension Office is a great resource to learn more about healthy eating and safe ways to move more. Give me a call at 764-9480 if you have specific questions or would like to discuss your specific needs.

This has been Brandi Silver with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center reminding you to be healthy and be kind to each other!