Food 4 Thought Home-Study is a four lesson series that covers nutrition topics for seniors. Each lesson includes nutrition information and low-cost, easy recipes so that the information learned can be applied. Lessons are printed in a larger font for easier reading and each lesson has an accompanying worksheet.
This home study course contains six lessons:
- Build a Healthy Plate The 10 Tip Way
- The Facts About Preventing Osteoporosis
- Eat Your Best For Less
- Make the Food Label Work For You
- Trading Flavors: The Truth About Sodium
- Getting the Facts About Oils and Fats
Each lesson resembles a newsletter format and features a cover story on an appropriate topic of interest for seniors, tips for healthy eating and recipes. Some issues also contain exercise advice and worksheets to complete and assess.
There are a few minor inaccuracies in the text which should be noted. In issue 4, the cover article recommends that readers use the % Daily Value figure on the food label as test to determine if a food contains a little or a lot of a nutrient. It is not noted that people’s diets including caloric and nutrient requirements vary and that checking the % Daily Value box may not be appropriate for all people. Also, 1500 mg/day is referenced as a target sodium intake level. Based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the AI for sodium intake for adults ages 51-70 should be 1300 mg/day, and for 70 and over it should be 1200 mg/day.