TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 1C: Food Diary Analysis of an Elderly Person

Students will keep a food diary on an elderly person at home or in the community. They will compare the dietary recommendations by the National Institute on Aging concerning the number of servings in the food groups and the eating habits of the elderly adult. Encourage the students to interview the person to collect any information that could pertain to the elderly person 's eating habits.
 
Daily Recommendations by the National Institute on Aging as Suggested by the Department of Agriculture (USDA)
 
  • At least two servings of milk (or dairy products low in lactose, such as aged hard cheeses and yogurt)
  • Two servings of high-protein foods (lean meat, poultry fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, peanut butter)
  • Four servings of fruits and vegetables,which should include a citrus fruit (or juice) and a dark green leafy vegetable.
  • Four servings of bread or cereal products,whole-grain or enriched.
 
To the Students: Analysis
 
Based on the food diary information and the recommendations by the National Institute on Aging concerning the number of servings from the food groups, report your findings and give recommendations on the eating habits of this elderly person. Include any observations or information you know that could influence the person's eating habits. 
 
Keywords: 

Classify, food, serving size, analysis, food diary, food journal, food serving, dietary habit, senior adult nutrition need, recommended dietary guideline

 

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Activity Code: 
1C
Unit Reference: 
Nutrition and Aging
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 1: Adolescent Nutrition