CALL TO ACTION
Older adults are at an increased risk of hunger due to lack of income, lack of transportation, functional limitations, and other health related issues. Many times the older adult is forced to make a choice between food and other necessities, such as medications, therapy, other medical care, heat in the winter, or a place to call home. According to the United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2016, Oklahoma is ranked at number 41 in the nation for food insecurity in adults aged 60 and over. Food insecurity in Oklahoma is 17.1%, compared to the national average of 15.5%.
GOAL: Reduce the percent of older adults who are marginally food insecure from 15.4% to 14.8% by 2019.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon General National Prevention Strategy – Healthy Eating: Click here (.pdf, 756.3 KB)
National Institute on Aging at National Institutes for Health Go 4 Life Healthy Eating Website