Healthy Aging Quiz

September is Healthy Aging Month. Take the quiz below and rate your savvy on staying on top of your health.

1. True or False. We need to eat more as we age, as our bodies need more calories.

2. The best natural  food source of vitamin D is:
a. Fatty fish such as  tuna or salmon
b. Whole milk
c. Cereal
d. Broccoli

3. True or False  Brushing and flossing once a day will keep our teeth clean.

4. Which is the best source of fiber?
a. A handful of almonds
b. A cup of berries
c. A slice of whole grain bread
d. All of the above

5. Foods that keep our skin healthy include:
a. Fatty fish, such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, tuna
b. Unsweetened cocoa powder
c. Berries
d. All of the above

6. True or False. Potassium rich foods can help control our blood pressure.

Answers

  1. False. As we age our metabolism slows down. We need to help boost our metabolic rate by exercise and eating.   Regular exercise is important to help rev up our metabolism. It can also help with heart health, blood sugar control and arthritis. Being more selective in the foods we eat is also important. Going for lean meats, nuts, non-GMO soy products and dairy products will provide us with protein. Consuming dark colored fruits and veggies will provide more nutrient density. Enjoy whole grains to help satisfy our appetites, along with providing heart and digestive healthy fibers.
  2. False. As we age, our bodies synthesize vitamin D at a slower rate. When a 70 year old and a 20 year old are exposed to the same amount of sunlight, the 70 year old makes about ~25 percent of the vitamin D the 20 year old is able to manufacture.
  3. False. It’s important to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to ensure good dental hygiene. Other ways to help clean our teeth include chewing sugarless gum, drinking green tea or water with a meal, and chewing crisp fruits and vegetables.
  4. D all of the above. All foods are good sources of fiber.
  5. D all of the above. Fatty fish provides healthy omega-3 fatty acids; unsweetened cocoa powder has flavonols, and berries have anti-oxidants such as anthocyanidins , all of which have been shown to help keep skin healthy and glowing.
  6. True. Potassium rich foods have been shown to help lower or maintain blood pressure. Potassium can be found in meats, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, dates, bananas, kiwi, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, greens and many more!

Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RD
Registered DietitianNutrition Coach & Author of Boomer Be Well
http://SusanPiergeorge.com

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