I try to eat healthy, but nutrition labels are hard to read. What can I do?

I try to eat healthy, but nutrition labels are hard to read. What can I do?

If you’re like most of my senior friends, maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge. There are a lot more opportunities to snack on unhealthy things, consume beverages with empty calories and eat at the wrong times of the day.

The term, “nutrition literacy” is important for folks of all ages, but especially seniors. Once we’re retired, we seem to think that a few extra snacks, a few beers or even an extra slice of Mom’s Homemade Apple Pie won’t really matter. The problem is that this leads to extra pounds which lead to extra health problems.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Nutrition literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand nutrition information and skills needed in order to make appropriate nutrition decisions” I think for retirees, that “capacity to understand” kind of turns into “I earned this extra snack” or “what’s an extra slice going to hurt?”

To learn more about “Nutrition Literacy for Seniors,” join me on Facebook Live, Tuesday the 27th at 3 pm, for my guest Nancy Azar, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietician from Western Reserve Hospital. We will chat about healthy eating and answer all your questions! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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