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Protect your health

Ryan Johnson, Associate Program Director — Health and Nutrition

April 2017. Reviewed on same date by Hannah Jastram Aaberg, registered dietitian.

Getting older doesn’t have to mean losing your health. Staying active and eating healthy foods can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Eat Right

Visit the Farmers markets webpage to learn how to use your EBT card at farmers markets and to find a farmers market near you.

older adults walking

Stay Active

Older adults gain many health benefits from regular physical activity. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend two types of activity for older adults: aerobic and muscle-strengthening. In addition, the Guidelines recommend balance training for older adults at risk of falls.

Another resources is the Go4Life website. It’s 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. Go4Life includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish and an exercise video.
Here are tips for staying active.

Remember: all activity adds up! You don’t have to do it all at once.


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Older Adults: Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Related resources

AnswerLine (1-800-854-1678) — Are you looking for reliable, research-based answers to your everyday questions? Then AnswerLine is for you!

Senior LinkAge Line® (1-800-333-2433) — Minnesota Board on Aging — This free statewide information and assistance service helps connect you to local services.

Senior — 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 will help seniors, their families, and caregivers focus on finding the help they need.

Helping Minnesotans Live WellMinnesota 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.

Minnesota NAPSMinnesota Department of Health — NAPS is a nutrition assistance program just for seniors. Learn more about the program and find out if you qualify.

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