Life expectancy for those in the United States who reach 65 years old is an additional 20 years. Healthy food choices, dietary patterns, and physical activity that promotes functional fitness can help make older adults more independent and improve quality of life in their later years. This article answers the top questions about food and fitness after 50 years old that are posed by older adults with answers to help health professionals encourage their patients, clients, friends, and family eat well, move well, and be well. Questions range from “best” foods, diets, and exercise to maintain fitness, as well as questions on hydration, calcium intake, and dietary supplements.
Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND, is professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University, Atlanta. She currently manages Chris Rosenbloom Food and Nutrition Services, LLC, Hartwell, Georgia, and is the coauthor of Food & Fitness After 50 (Eatright Press, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018.
Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM, is managing principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting group that works with companies and organizations interested in exercise science and sports nutrition, Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is the coauthor of Food & Fitness After 50. He was a cofounder of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and served as its director for 23 years (1985–2008).
Correspondence: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND, 179 Honeysuckle Lane, Hartwell, GA 30643 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.