Why Good Nutrition Is Important

Why Is Good Nutrition So Important for Seniors?

Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc.

As our bodies change over time, so do our nutritional needs. Although good nutrition is important at all ages, it becomes even more important as we age. Over time, the metabolic rate slows, appetite can decrease, and the risk for certain diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes can rise. These and many other issues can be addressed with a healthy, planned diet and some minor lifestyle changes. At Lincoln County Opportunity Company, our staff carefully plans each meal to make sure that our seniors are well taken care of.

Minimize Illness and Disease With Proper Nutrition

When the metabolism and activity rate slows, we require less calories; however, our nutrient requirements do not decrease! In fact, because the body tends to become less efficient at absorbing nutrients and the digestive system slows, the need for certain vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, can actually increase over time. By maintaining proper nutrition through the golden years, you can help keep your immune system strong and maximize body function while minimizing disease, illness, bone loss, and other health-related issues. Eating well is an important part of promoting proper body system functionality, which leads to better overall quality of life.

Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

Your nearest senior center offers health screenings, nutrition assessments, and personalized diet instruction targeted to your specific needs. You are encouraged to explore these options. Be sure to eat a healthy balance of nutritious foods each day. Stop into your local senior center in Lincoln or Wayne County, WV, for socialization and a delicious, nutritious meal during the noon lunch hour. Following are some general tips to keep in mind to help you get the most out of every meal.

  • Choose Lower-Calorie, Nutrient-Dense Foods
  • Include Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D for Bone Health
  • Choose Vitamin C for Improved Cellular Health and Iron Absorption
  • Plan Healthy Meals in Advance
  • Keep Cut Veggies, Whole Wheat Crackers, and Low-Fat Cheese Cubes Handy for a Quick, Healthy Snack
  • Avoid High-Sodium, Pre-Packaged, and Preserved Foods

Contact Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc.

At Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc. our Lincoln and Wayne County senior centers offer an affordable, nutritious, and tasty lunchtime meal each weekday. Each lunch is designed to deliver the healthful, nutrient-dense foods you need. Eating with us regularly can help you feel better while satisfying 1/3 of your daily dietary needs. Be sure to reserve your lunch ahead of time so that we can have it ready for you. To learn more about our lunch and nutrition programs, or any of our services, you can reach us through our online contact form or by calling Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc. at: (304) 824-3448.