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Healthy diet the key to a long and active life

The Fuel Your Body campaign has officially launched and aims to raise awareness of the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and drinking alcohol safely to prevent slips, trips and falls.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian Christina Pollard spoke with Stay On Your Feet® about the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet to keep your body healthy and get the most out of life.
“A healthy diet is key to living and ageing well”, said Pollard. “Older people should eat nutritious foods and keep physically active to help maintain muscle strength and a healthy weight”.
Enjoying foods from a wide variety of food groups every day and at every meal can support older adults to lead independent and active lives.
Including plenty of fruit and vegetables, plain cereals – particularly wholegrains, dairy foods and lean meats in your diet means that you are providing your body with the energy and nutrients it needs for daily functioning and other activities that you enjoy.
Did you know that up to 80% of health problems experienced by older people could be delayed or even prevented by making lifestyle changes during your 50’s and 60’s?
Well it’s true – eating a healthy diet, being active, not smoking and limiting alcohol are significant and positive changes you can make to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
If your body is not receiving enough food or perhaps not the right types of food, you may be malnourished. Malnutrition can lead to weight loss, poor immunity, fatigue and dizziness which could result in falls.
Often if an older person is malnourished it may be associated with an illness or a problems they experience chewing and swallowing. It may also be related to the person being depressed or socially isolated.
We know that eating a wide variety of foods is beneficial for our health however often older people prefer routinely eating the same foods or meals. Unfortunately this can lead to deficiencies in particular vitamins and minerals that are important to our health and wellbeing.
Fuel Your Body with these top tips from Stay On Your Feet®:

  1. Don’t skip meals, even if you don’t feel hungry
  2. Eat regular, healthy meals from a variety of food groups
  3. Keep your kitchen well stocked with long lasting staples
  4. Use frozen and canned fruit and vegetables
  5. Cook big batches of your favourite foods to freeze
  6. Have a range of healthy snacks available to choose from, like fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts
  7. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and drink water with all meals
  8. Have a water bottle with you through the day, at home and when you are out
  9. If you are drinking alcohol, have one drink, followed by a glass of water
  10. Seek advice from your GP if necessary

For more information about fuelling your body to prevent slips, trips and falls visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or call 1300 30 35 40 to receive your FREE Fuel Your Body information booklet.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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Government of Western Australia Department of Health Injury Matters