Tufts Unveils MyPlate for Older Adults

by Sandy Todd Webster on Feb 17, 2012

Food for Thought

You already know that the older adults you work with have unique physical activity needs, but do you know that their nutrition needs are just as singular? Tufts University nutrition scientists addressed the nutrition aspect directly last November when they introduced MyPlate for Older Adults.

This new graphic guides users to consume healthy foods and beverages in these proportions:

  • bright-colored vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli, and deep-colored fruit, such as berries and peaches (half the plate)
  • whole, enriched and fortified grains and cereals, such as brown rice and 100% whole-wheat bread (one-quarter of the plate)
  • low-fat and nonfat dairy products such as yogurt and low-lactose milk
  • dry beans and nuts, fish, poultry, lean meat and eggs
  • liquid vegetable oils, soft spreads low in saturated and trans fat, and spices to replace salt
  • fluids such as water and fat-free milk
The guide also recommends that older adults get regular physical activity such as walking, resistance training and light cleaning. 

Link your clients to a graphic of MyPlate for Older Adults at http://hnrc.tufts.edu/images/MYplate_OlderAdults.pdf.

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.