EATING RIGHT: MYPLATE FOR AGES 50+
Emphasizes foods high in vitamins and minerals and low in fat, salt and sugar.
Includes recommended regular physical activities and fluid intake, components of particular concern for older adults.
Using a “plate” icon with an inset of physical activities, the following items are represented:
Brightly-colored vegetables such as carrots and broccoli.
Deeply-colored fruit, such as berries and peaches.
Whole, enriched and fortified grains and cereals such as brown rice and 100% whole wheat bread.
Low- and non-fat dairy products such as yogurt and low-lactose milk.
Liquid vegetable oils, soft spreads low in saturated and trans fat, and spices to replace salt.
Fluids such as water and fat-free milk.
Physical activity such as walking, resistance training and light cleaning.
Half of the MyPlate for Older Adults is represented by fruits and vegetables, in a variety of colors. Prepackaged fruits and vegetables, in addition to fresh produce, are included as examples. Types of foods, that for a number of reasons, may be more appropriate for older adults include:
Bags of frozen pre-cut vegetables that can be resealed
Single-serve portions of canned fruit
With an increase in elderly obesity rates, common activities such as errands and household chores are also depicted as a reminder that physical activity can be incorporated in a variety of ways. As a part of our home care services, Aging Better In-Home Care assists seniors with selecting and preparing the best foods for their specific dietary requirements. To learn more about our services or how we can help you or a loved one, contact us at 208-777-0308 if calling from the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls or Hayden area; if calling from the Sandpoint, Priest River, Bonners Ferry areas, call 208-263-7889; and if calling from Kellogg, Pinehurst, or Wallace areas, contact us at 208-784-1505. If calling from outside the north Idaho area, please call our toll free number at 1-877-464-2344.