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Managing my weight for older adults

If you are finding it difficult to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, try some of the tips below.

How well are you eating?

Find out how well you are eating by completing the Nutri-eSCREEN eating habits survey for older New Zealanders. This on-line survey includes 14 short questions and will give you information about what you are doing well, and where you can improve to stay healthy and active.

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What can I do?

Who can help?

What can I do?

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member's or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Practice nurse

If you are finding it hard to eat well and maintain your weight, your practice nurse can provide advice and support.

Dietitians

If you are underweight or losing weight without trying, your doctor or practice nurse may refer you to see a dietitian. In this case, there is no cost to see the dietitian and you will be seen in your own home or at an outpatient clinic.

If you do not meet the criteria, you can pay to see a private dietitian.

Senior Chef

Go along to a Senior Chef cooking class to improve your cooking skills, motivation, and confidence around cooking for one or two people.

Meals on Wheels

Consider signing up to the Meals on Wheels service, or other home delivered meal service.

Needs Assessment and Support Services

Ask your doctor about referral to the Needs Assessment Service (NASC) to find out what support you need to stay in your home.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated April 2015.

See also:

Healthy eating information

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