So what does 95-year old actor Dick Van Dyke eat to contribute to his vim and vigor? One of his everyday foods is blueberries. In fact, he told the Daily Mail in 2016 that despite a love for fried chicken, he eats the sweet little berries every day for their antioxidants.
We suspect his wife, who is 46 years younger, also helps to keep Van Dyke spry. The couple met at the 2006 SAG awards, and the talented dancer has called her “a great cook,” according to Closer Weekly. In 2015, Van Dyke wrote a book, Keep Moving and Other Tips and Truths About Aging. In it, he opined, “Good habits matter…Eating light and fresh. Staying away from fast and processed foods.” He further added that he indulges in meat “maybe once a week” (via Chicago Tribune).
Van Dyke has also discussed overcoming bad habits. He spent decades drinking alcohol and smoking but after a doctor discovered scars on his lungs related to emphysema, he quit, making his longevity all the more impressive.
Staying active has always been a key to Van Dyke’s healthy lifestyle as well. In 1967 Van Dyke was injured on the set of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. An x-ray led to the diagnosis of extensive rheumatoid arthritis, and his doctor delivered the devastating prognosis that the then-42-year old performer would be confined to a wheelchair within five years. However, Van Dyke explained that activity has helped to keep him healthy: “As long as I keep moving and doing my yoga I’m ok.”