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Annoucement from the Assistant Secretary - March 8, 2004

I am pleased to be partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Food and Drug Administration in a variety of ways to help older adults remain healthy and active. This month we are partnering with FDA to share valuable nutrition information with you as we celebrate National Nutrition Month®.

The American Dietetic Association began sponsoring National Nutrition Month® in 1980 as a way to promote sensible eating choices. The American Dietetic Association developed this year’s theme, “Eat Smart, Stay Healthy,” as a way to suggest that Americans be smart about the foods they eat, know what they are eating, and make wise food choices. FDA has developed a number of consumer brochures that may help older Americans be smart about the foods they eat including:

  • Growing Older, Eating Better
  • Eating for a Healthy Heart
  • Keep Your Food Safe

These brochures may be viewed at Additional copies of these brochures can be obtained by fax at (301) 827-5308 or by writing to:

Consumer HealthCare Products Association
Publications Department
1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
For more information about National Nutrition Month® go to:

We look forward to continuing to work with you and hope that you will find these nutrition brochures useful to your organization in promoting the health and independence of older Americans.

- Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell

Download Letter (PDF - 111 KB)

“If the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program was a restaurant, the sign out front would say, ‘Six billion served.’ For 30 years, this program not only has provided nutritious, healthy meals to older Americans, but also has touched their lives by linking them to community services that allow them to remain independent.”

- HHS Secretary Tommy G. Secretary Thompson

“The OAA Nutrition Program is a proven success story. It effectively targets older adults who are poorer, more likely to live alone, and are at higher nutritional risk,”

- Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell

Nutrition Resources:

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