Lesson 4 -Eat for the Long Run

Physical activity and a nutritious diet are the cornerstones of healthy aging. In recent years, researchers have discovered that we have unique nutritional requirements as we get older.

With age, the need for calories goes down, but the need for nutrients goes up. We need to concentrate on having adequate fluids, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, and adequate protein. Eating a high saturated fat, high salt, high calorie diet has a range of long-term unhealthy consequences, from obesity to heart disease and cancer. People who enjoy more nutritious diets increase the quality, as well as the quantity, of their older years.

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