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Healthy eating and regular physical activity are keys to good health at any age. They may lower the risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. They may even help ward off depression and keep the mind sharp as a person ages. Always refer to the resident’s physician for specific dietary recommendations.
The following information on food and nutrition is adapted from the Department of Health and Human Services publications “Young at Heart – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan” and “Getting Older. Living Healthier. Feeling Better.”