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Nutrition Education Fact Sheets

Senior Nutrition Program - Tips to live healthy and strong. Free to download.


Getting proper nutrition is important as we age. From key vitamins, like vitamin D and vitamin B12, to the right amounts of fat, fiber, protein, and salt, the fact sheets on this page can help you and the older adults in your life understand what makes a healthy diet and give you tools to make healthy choices.

These facts sheets are intended for personal use. For permission to reproduce and distribute, please contact elderconnections@age.ohio.gov

Bad vs. Better: Choose Healthy Fats

Bad vs. Better: Choose Healthy Fats

Fat in your diet (dietary fat) is an essential nutrient for your body. It gives you energy and helps your body and brain function.

Be Smart with Salt

Be Smart with Salt

Your body needs a small amount of sodium (“salt”) to work well, but too much salt can be bad for you. Most people consume more salt than their body needs.

Calcium & Vitamin D: A Perfect Combo

Calcium & Vitamin D: A Perfect Combo

Your body relies on a calcium-rich diet to get all the calcium it needs. If you do not eat enough calcium, your body may begin to pull calcium from your bones.

Choose MyPlate for a Healthy Meal

Choose MyPlate for a Healthy Meal

MyPlate provides a visual guide of how many servings of each food group you should eat each day.

Drink to Your Health

Drink To Your Health

Your body, including your heart, kidneys, and blood needs water each day to function. Fluids keep your body hydrated and working well.

The Facts on Fiber

The Facts on Fiber

Fiber that you eat is called “dietary fiber”. Dietary fiber includes parts of plant-based
foods that your body is unable to break down or absorb, but can still use.

Get to Know the Nutrition Food Label

Get to Know the Nutrition Food Label

The nutrition food label can help you to identify healthy foods and determine foods you should limit or avoid.

The Importance of Protein

The Importance of Protein

You need protein from the food you eat to build bones, muscles, and skin and keep them strong. Protein helps your body recover and heal from injuries too.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical activity is important for your health and you should look for ways to be active often. It is never too late to start a new activity routine.

Snack Healthy

Snack Healthy

Snacking on healthy foods can help increase your intake of important nutrients, including fiber and good fats, and give you energy between meals.

Take Care of Your Teeth and Mouth

Take Care of Your Teeth and Mouth

A healthy mouth and gums can help you eat a balanced diet while still enjoying the food you like.

Vitamin B12 and You

Vitamin B12 and You

Vitamin B12 helps to support nerve function and build healthy blood cells. Vitamin B12 is also important to keep other parts of your body healthy, including your heart, eyes, bones, hair, nails, and skin.