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State puts focus on nutrition for older New Yorkers

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During National Nutrition Month, the New York State Office for the Aging is highlighting its extensive efforts to support older adults’ nutritional health and independence. Serving as a beacon for health and wellness, NYSOFA, in partnership with local agencies, provides a wide array of programs, including over 22 million meals annually to those aged 60 and above, aimed at promoting healthy aging, preventing chronic illnesses, and reducing social isolation.


Since 1975, New York’s nutrition initiative has become the largest in the U.S., delivering more than 1 billion meals to over 10 million older adults. These efforts are bolstered by educational outreach like the “What’s Cooking with NYSOFA” show, which has nearly two million views across social platforms, offering valuable nutrition information and cooking demonstrations tailored to older adults.

Greg Olsen, NYSOFA Director, emphasizes the life-saving impact of these programs, stating, “Food is medicine… good nutrition is… the cornerstone of healthy aging.” He highlights the importance of meal delivery services not just for nutrition but as a critical social contact for many. NYSOFA continues to evolve its services, including streamlined access to SNAP benefits, to ensure older New Yorkers can maintain their health and independence. For more information or to access these vital nutrition services, visit the NYSOFA website or contact the local Office for the Aging.



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