What contributes to a long life? Genetics play a part, but increasing evidence suggests that genetics plays a less important role than lifestyle. Following this line of thought, besides reducing risk of disease, diet contributes greatly to wellness. Good nutrition can help "add life to years" as well as "add years to life."
The role of food and nutrition often changes during aging. Normal aging is associated with many physiological system changes that may affect nutritional health. Additionally, recommendations for intake of specific nutrients also change with age.
This webinar will review changes associated with aging that may impact nutritional status, specific nutrients of concern and dietary patterns that have been linked to healthy aging.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Describe the role of food and nutrition in aging.
Discuss the age associated physiological changes and their impact on nutritional status.
Identify risk factors for poor nutrition in older adults.
Describe strategies to promote healthy eating in older adults.
Laura Rutledge is an Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition. In addition to teaching, Laura works with oncology patients and those with chronic disease in a survivorship and supportive care clinic. She is board certified in oncology nutrition. Laura frequently presents to support groups and medical practice groups about nutrition and cancer.
Laura recently developed www.NourishingPLate.com as a resource to provide evidence-based nutrition information and healthy recipes for cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.