Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, has launched the Healthy Eating Resources for older people.
These resources have been developed by the Department of Health with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and Safefood. The pack is for adults aged over 65 who are in good health, mobile and living at home. They are designed to help older people make healthy food choices to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Older people have different nutrition needs and it’s important that they have information on how to adapt their food intake to live their best life. The healthy eating food pyramid is the basis for a healthy diet, but as we age, consumption of certain food groups needs to be flexible to support individual needs.
Eating high quality protein foods twice a day, including a range of fruit and vegetables and taking a daily Vitamin D supplement of 15µg (600iu), are some of the key nutrients that are highlighted in the resources to support healthy aging.
These resources are available on gov.ie/HealthyEatingOver65.
Read the full press release here