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Special nutrient needs of older adults

Calcium and Vitamin D- Older adults needs more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Have 3 servings of vitamin D-fortified low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt each day. Other calcium-rich foods include fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables and canned fish with soft bones. If you take a calcium supplement or multivitamin, choose one that contains vitamin D.

Vitamin B-12 - Many people older than 50 do not get enough vitamin B-12. Fortified cereal, lean meat and some fish and seafood are sources of vitamin B-12. Ask your doctor or a registered dietitian if you need a vitamin B-12 supplement.

Fiber - Eat more fiber-rich foods to help stay regular. Fiber can also help lower your risk for heart disease, control your weight and prevent type 2 diabetes. Eat whole-grain breads and cereals and more beans and peas. Fruits and vegetables also provide fiber.

Potassium - Increasing potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt are good sources of potassium. Also, select and prepare foods with little or no added salt.

Know Your Fats - Foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Check the nutrition facts panel on food labels for total fat and saturated fat..

(Information taken from Lewis County Newsletter)

Manage your health information

Do you want a way to manage all of your health information so you can have it in one place whenever you need it? If so, a personal health record may be for you.

A Personal Health Record, or PHR is a confidential, easy-to-use online tool that you keep to help you manage your health information. With a PHR, you can keep track of certain health information, like the date of your last physical, major illnesses, allergies, or a list of your medicines online. PHRs help you stay involved with your health care services.

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