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According to the Centers for Disease Control people are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives. “By 2030, the number of U.S. adults aged 65 or older will more than double to about 71 million” (CDC, 2010). This means that there will be a need for nutritional counseling to ensure that each individuals quality of life is maintained. Not only is it important to maintain the quality of life, but it is just as important to prevent diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies, depression, and lack of exercise.

Experts have shown that heart disease can be controlled by diet and exercise. A diet which is balanced and includes a variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and meat will ensure that proper nutrition is achieved. Education, concerning proper nutrition and exercise, is the key to preventing heart disease, cancer, and other preventable diseases.

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