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Lifestyle Choices - Diet

Feed Your Brain!

You are what you eat” holds true for successful aging.  A healthy diet is important for overall health, including brain health. It can also help prevent obesity and other health problems and diseases, such as diabetes, which are risk factors for dementia.

To eat right for brain health, current research suggests these steps:

Avoid:

Good nutrition also includes taking daily vitamins and limiting alcohol consumption.

Food Pyramid

Just what should you be eating and how much? It’s all about a balanced diet. Eating the right food and the right amount provide the nutrients you need and help build muscle and energy.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up a tool, MyPyramid, which calculates your ideal food pyramid. The pyramid emphasizes a daily “balancing act”—the “energy in” or calories you take in from foods and beverages versus the “energy out” or calories you burn for basic body functions and physical activity. Click here to learn more.