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Low-Income, Older Americans Face Challenges for Healthy Living

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According to a new survey, older Americans over 50 who have a lower income have a difficult time getting access to healthy food, as well as facing challenges in getting exercise.

The survey, conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, surveyed more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 50 who lived in households making under $35,000 a year.

The research explored the barriers that lower-income, older Americans face when trying to live a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and nutrition. Only 19 percent of respondents said they had a high physical activity level, compared to 29 percent of Americans over 50 of all incomes, Food Dive reports.

The survey also found that nutrition information was lacking for seniors from lower-income households, with 36 percent unable to identify a nutrient or food that could help them with health issues.

According to statistics from Feeding America, 5.3 million Americans over 60 are food insecure, meaning they don’t have access to enough food to meet their nutrition requirements. In the recent survey from IFIC, price was cited as a major consideration affecting seniors’ purchasing decisions, with 85 percent of participants responding that price was a major factor in their food purchasing choices.

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There are a number of nonprofits working to help seniors get access to healthy food. If you’d like to help out, you can donate to or volunteer with one or all of these organizations.

Citymeals on Wheels is an NYC-based organization that provides meals to seniors, many of whom are isolated or unable to leave their homes.

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger works to improve the health and well-being of seniors through nutrition and the reduction of food waste.

Feeding America, in addition to its efforts to fight hunger in other populations, is also working to feed hungry elderly Americans.

If you’re looking for resources and information about healthy eating, check out this guide on nutrition. And also take a look at this guide to eating a healthy plant-based diet on a budget.

If you work with a nonprofit or charitable organization that works to provide people with healthy food or information on nutrition, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. We offer select organizations a number of free promo codes to our Food Monster app, which features thousands of healthy, plant-based recipes.

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