For Older Adults
You are invited to join us for Eat Smart, Live Strong! Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults. Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more.
Want to attend a class? Use this map to contact the regional coordinator in your area. Classes are free for those who meet income guidelines.
- Want tips on protecting your health and healthy aging? Read on!
Protect Your Health as You Grow Older
Getting older doesn’t have to mean losing your health. Staying active and eating healthy foods can help you live a longer, healthier life. The National Health Information Center offers steps to keep your body and mind active.
Eat more dark green vegetables like broccoli, salad greens, and cooked greens.
- Eat more orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes.
- Eat more lentils and beans like pinto, black, or kidney beans.
- Eat a variety of fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits like bananas, berries, grapes, and oranges.
- Make half of your grains whole grains like whole grain cereals, breads, rice, or pasta.
- Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry.
- Vary your protein sources. Include eggs, beans, tofu, fish, nuts, and seeds.
- Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and other milk products.
- Choose and prepare foods with less salt or sodium.
Visit the Farmers Market web page to learn about using your EBT card at farmers markets and to find a farmers market near you.
Regular Physical Activity is Essential for Healthy Aging
Older adults gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity and these benefits continue to occur throughout your life. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services focus on two types of activity for older adults: aerobic and muscle-strengthening. In addition, the Guidelines discuss balance training for older adults at risk of falls.
Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.
- Go for a walk.
- Play with your grandchild and/or a pet.
- Work in your yard or garden.
- Take an exercise or dance class at a community center or gym.
- Share a fun activity with a friend or family member.
- Remember: all activity adds up! You don’t have to do it all at once.
Senior LinkAge Line® (1-800-333-2433) — Minnesota Board on Aging — The Senior LinkAge Line® is the Minnesota Board on Aging’s free statewide information and assistance service. The Senior LinkAge Line® service is provided by six Area Agencies on Aging that cover all 87 counties of Minnesota and helps connect you to local services.
Senior Link — MinnesotaHelp.info — Online access to statewide community resources for seniors, their families, and caregivers. Need help finding assistance with day-to-day things like transportation or meals? The Senior Section of MinnesotaHelp.info will help seniors, their families, and caregivers focus on finding the help they need.
Helping Minnesotans Live Well — Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging — Minnesota’s seven Area Agencies on Aging are focal points for helping individuals live well as they age in their communities. They help older adults; the communities in which they live; and the public, nonprofit and private organizations that support them come together to foster positive aging.
Healthy Eating — Support your health at every stage of life with the foods you eat.
Active Living — Keep your body moving daily in big and small ways to maintain or improve your health.
Simple Good Eating Recipe Cards for Seniors — Quick, simple recipes that support older adults’ health.