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Being overweight or obese is also of concern as extra weight may increase your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and bone issues.
Eating wisely and being physically active to preserve muscle and bone may help you maintain strength and a healthy weight as you age.
Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging provides healthy eating information for older adults.
The guide includes tips on nutrients, food groups, and grocery shopping, as well as healthy sample menus.
As you age, your body and life change, and so does what you need to stay healthy.
Changes in your home life, health, medicines, income, and sense of smell and taste may affect your interest in healthy eating and physical activity.
Print out and post the companion tip sheet (PDF, 702 KB) to remind yourself to be healthy every day.
They may even help you ward off depression and maintain orthopedic health (related to bones and muscles).
Physical activity is good for your health at every age.
If you have never been active, starting regular physical activity now may improve your endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
This publication is part of the Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Across Your Lifespan Series from the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).
The series offers health tips for readers at various life stages, including adulthood, pregnancy, parenthood, and later life. This publication is one of many handy guides from WIN that you can use to develop and maintain healthy habits.