Did you know many older adults may lose their sense of feeling thirsty? By the time they do feel thirst, they may be severely dehydrated. Did you know dehydration can be linked to confusion and falls in an older person? Making sure that older adults drink enough fluids is critical to keeping them safe, especially during the summer when older adults have trouble responding to changes in temperature.
Health professionals are important stakeholders in health and nutrition and share our vested interest at ODPHP in protecting the health of all Americans. We know that healthy eating and physical activity are some of the most powerful tools we have to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. ODPHP developed a toolkit for health professionals to help share key messages from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines with patients and clients.
Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older individuals. Health care providers can be a critical resource to help older individuals understand the importance of following a healthy diet for preventing, managing and treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. A healthy diet is of particular importance in older individuals whose age alone increases their risk for chronic medical problems.

Written by ODPHP Visiting Scholar Lauren Comunale

Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month®. This year, the theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”, which promotes not only the nutrition, but also the pleasure and joy that food brings to our lives.

How can you “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”?…

HHS’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Health, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, authored a blog post on womenshealth.gov featuring  recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans during American Heart Month. As described in the blog, the Dietary Guidelines provide recommendations that help Americans choose a healthy eating pattern that works for them:

Luckily, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is full of recommendations that can help you choose and stick with the kind of healthy eating pattern that will lead to a better, healthier life.…

When it comes to eating for health, it's important to make food choices that are backed by robust scientific evidence, packed with essential nutrients, and that can help to prevent us from getting sick. For infants, one food that meets all these requirements is breast milk. During National Breastfeeding Month, we are excited to highlight the Birth to 24 Months and Pregnancy Project.
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Written by IHRSA

Hey Doc,

We need to talk.

Your patients are sedentary and overweight, and they want to do something about it.

We should be communicating, discussing club programs that would help your patients, and collaborating on initiatives to improve the health of the community.

We know that you know that research has long shown that a healthy, physical active lifestyle can help your patients with prevention and management of several chronic conditions, boost mood, and extend quality life years

And we know you’re busy with your patients and your paperwork, and that you’re trying like crazy to keep up with the rapidly transforming health care system (like that new electronic health record software in your office..,) but an exercise prescription only takes like 30 seconds to fill.…

If you are like many of us, you have found that applying the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in your communties, families, and everyday lives can be challenging. These two important policy documents provide guidance on the importance of being physically active and selecting nutritious foods for living a long and healthy life.…