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Living Healthily

The National Meal Guidelines were developed by Meals on Wheels Australia in partnership with the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong.  The guidelines represent the first nationally consistent approach to nutrition, menu planning and meal presentation for organisations providing delivered meals through the CHSP. 

They are an excellent resource for other services providing meals for older people – in community centres, the consumer’s own kitchen, or in residential care settings.

The importance of good nutrition for healthy ageing
National Meal Guidelines
The National Meal Guidelines were developed by Meals on Wheels Australia in partnership with the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong.  The guidelines represent the first nationally consistent approach to nutrition, menu planning and meal presentation for organisations providing delivered meals through the CHSP. 

Click here to download the National Meal Guidelines.
 
Living healthily beyond 65 years of age
Meals on Wheels is a meal delivery service that helps to ensure that frail, older people and younger people with disabilities, and their carers are able to receive meals designed to cater for positive health and nutritional needs, as well as maintaining their independence at home, where they are often most happy. 

We aim to support our community by providing nutritious meals for the elderly and those who cannot cook for themselves. 

Living Healthily beyond 65 years of age Brochure
At Meals on Wheels we recognise the important role that food plays in everyone's lives, and we believe that food is to be enjoyed.  We want your meal experience to be wholesome, tasty and nurturing for your body, and that's what our Services aim to deliver.

Click here to download the brochure.
Malnutrition
It is estimated that 40% of older Australians who live at home are at risk of malnutrition. Our nutritionally dense meals are designed with older people in mind. Meals on Wheels developed the National Meal Guidelines, the first document of its kind specifically related to the nutritional requirements of older people. 

Diabetes
Meals on Wheels can cater to those who may require diabetic friendly meals. This will be discussed during your initial assessment with your local Meals on Wheels service. 

Food Allergies and Intolerances
There is a common misconception that food allergies and food intolerances are the same. We can cater to those who may have food allergies or intolerances. This will be discussed during your initial assessment with your local Meals on Wheels service. 

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for your bones, teeth, muscles and your immune system. Spending at least 15 minutes outside in the sun helps you to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels. 

Fluids
Fluids are vital in your diet, without drinking enough, you become at risk of dehydration. Dehydration can cause health issues related to bladder and kidney function. To minimise this risk – drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. 

Protein
Protein from foods we eat, as well as using your muscles by being active helps to build and maintain healthy muscles. Losing muscles means losing strength, and increases the risk of falls. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts and dairy foods are all good protein sources. 

Chewing and Swallowing