Food and drink for health
Eating well and being active will help you stay fit and healthy so you can live life to the full and reduce the risks of ill health. Eating a varied and balanced diet and making sure you drink enough is important for everyone.
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult, it’s about making sure you have plenty of variety and enjoy different types of foods. It’s all about balance - not eating too much of some things such as calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt, while getting enough of others such as fibre, water, vitamins and minerals.
It’s important to recognise that the nutritional needs of some older adults may be different from the general healthy eating messages. Dietary needs depend on your current health, and while many older people are fit and active, some others may be frail and require additional care. If you are frail you may need to be more careful about what you eat and drink. You can find lots of information here on Infostore or talk to someone at your GP surgery.
Malnutrition is often not recognised. If it is not treated it can have severe consequences for your well being and make you more vulnerable to disease.
In Leeds we have developed information about the key food issues for older people:
- Keep people properly hydrated
- Eat for health
- Promote healthy body weights
- Enable safe eating and drinking
You can find out more about the Leeds campaign on these key issues on the NHS Leeds website.