MyPlate for Older Adults
In June of 2011, USDA introduced MyPlate. ENAFS faculty and staff at the University of Florida reviewed and updated our 2006 publication, “MyPyramid for Older Adults,” to make it consistent with new dietary guidance and USDA’s new icon. We introduced “MyPlate for Older Adults” in September 2011. We included the original drawings of foods that often are chosen by older adults for ease of purchasing, chewing/swallowing, and/or preparing. We also kept the silhouettes representing older adults dancing, gardening, or walking a dog, which encourage physical activity among all older adults. MyPlate for Older Adults includes the new names for two of the food groups: Protein Foods and Dairy, which replaced Meat and Beans and Milk in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. As in MyPyramid for Older Adults, we use a lower calorie level for the food plan due to the lower caloric needs of this group compared with younger adults. MyPlate for Older Adults also provides targeted messages that encourage healthful eating and physical activity. MyPlate for Older Adults is easy to read and can be used in a variety of educational settings.
Download MyPlate for Older Adults:
MyPlate for Older Adults and the version for Latino audiences, MiPlato para Adultos Mayores, is available for purchase through the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension bookstore at the price of $15 per set of 50 full-color copies on high quality, glossy paper.
Quote of the Month
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – BettyFriedan