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Food 4 Thought Home-Study for Seniors

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Developer
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.
Year
2011

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.

Historical Document
Yes
Funding Source
USDA. SNAP.
Free Material
Yes
Cost ($)
$0.00
SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

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.