From the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging:

October 10th , 2007: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest


The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently released the results of its Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) assessment of OAA programs.  AoA programs received the highest rating of "Effective", which has been awarded to only 18% of the government programs evaluated by OMB. For more details, please click here.


HHS announces $8.8 Million for new Nursing Home Diversion Modernization Grants Programs. For more information, please click here.

American Academy of Ophthalmology

The EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign emphasizes the need for Americans to know their risk factors for eye diseases, infections & injuries.

Baylor College of Medicine

Workshop: "Improving Compliance with Dietary Recommendations: Time for New, Inventive Approaches?", Dec. 5th, 2007. For more information, please click here.

Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City (CSCS)

Conference: 19th Annual “The Power of Aging”, Jan. 24th, 2008. For more information, please click here.

Resources and Web links


OMB has just updated its Expectmore.Gov web site to reflect AoA's recently achieved PART rating of "Effective" for the OAA program.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)/American Heart Association (AHA)

ACSM/AHA have released updated physical activity recommendations for adults & older adults. For more information, please click here

MetLife Mature Market Institute

Each year the Institute conducts a market survey of home care costs in the US. This year they conducted a market survey of adult day center costs. To view report, please click here.

National Bureau of Economic Research Periodical (NBER)

NBER Bulletin on Aging & Health


National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) created an educational brochure tailored specifically for African Americans at risk for kidney disease. For more information, please click here.


Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs & Obesity 1976-2002 Report: Analyzes multiple years of cross-sectional data to understand trends in the relationship between food assistance program participation & body weight.


October is:

Alzheimer's Memory Walk

American Heart Walk, Healthy Choice

Bone & Joint Decade National Awareness Week (Oct. 12-20th)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Control Month


Al-Ghnaniem R, Peters J, Foresti R, Heaton N, Pufulete M. Methylation of estrogen receptor {alpha} and mutL homolog 1 in normal colonic mucosa: association with folate and vitamin B-12 status in subjects with and without colorectal neoplasia. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1064-72.

Autier P, Gandini S. Vitamin D supplementation and total mortality: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1730-7.

Bartlett HE, Eperjesi F. Effect of lutein and antioxidant dietary supplementation on contrast sensitivity in age-related macular disease: a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007;61:1121-7.

Bolca S, Possemiers S, Herregat A, Huybrechts I, Heyerick A, De Vriese S, Verbruggen M, Depypere H, De Keukeleire D, Bracke M, De Henauw S, Verstraete W, Van de Wiele T. Microbial and dietary factors are associated with the equol producer phenotype in healthy postmenopausal women. J Nutr. 2007;137:2242-46.

Chiu CJ, Milton RC, Klein R, Gensler G, Taylor A. Dietary carbohydrate and the progression of age-related macular degeneration: a prospective study from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1210-8.

Clerici C, Setchell KD, Battezzati PM, Pirro M, Giuliano V, Asciutti S, Castellani D, Nardi E, Sabatino G, Orlandi S, Baldoni M, Morelli O, Mannarino E, Morelli A. Pasta naturally enriched with isoflavone aglycons from soy germ reduces serum lipids and improves markers of cardiovascular risk. J Nutr. 2007;137:2270-78.

Conroy MB, Simkin-Silverman LR, Pettee KK, Hess R, Kuller LH, Kriska AM. Lapses and psychosocial factors related to physical activity in early postmenopause. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007;39:1858-66.

Devine A, Hodgson JM, Dick IM, Prince RL. Tea drinking is associated with benefits on bone density in older women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1243-7.

Dyer CB, Pickens S, Burnett J. Vulnerable elders: when it is no longer safe to live alone. JAMA. 2007;298:1448-50.

Giovannucci E. Can vitamin D reduce total mortality? Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1709-10.

Hamilton-Reeves JM, Rebello SA, Thomas W, Slaton JW, Kurzer MS. Soy protein isolate increases urinary estrogens and the ratio of 2:16{alpha}-hydroxyestrone in men at high risk of prostate cancer. J Nutr. 2007;137:2258-63.

Hansen RD, Williamson DA, Finnegan TP, Lloyd BD, Grady JN, Diamond TH, Smith UR, Stavrinos TM, Thompson MW, Gwinn TH, Allen BJ, Smerdely PI, Diwan AD, Singh NA, Fiatarone Singh MA. Estimation of thigh muscle cross-sectional area by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in frail elderly patients. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:952-8.

Heisler M, Faul JD, Hayward RA, Langa KM, Blaum C, Weir D. Mechanisms for racial and ethnic disparities in glycemic control in middle-aged and older Americans in the Health and Retirement Study. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1853-60.

Hunt CD, Johnson LK. Calcium requirements: new estimations for men and women by cross-sectional statistical analyses of calcium balance data from metabolic studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1054-63.

Izumi Y, Matsumoto K, Ozawa Y, Kasamaki Y, Shinndo A, Ohta M, Jumabay M, Nakayama T, Yokoyama E, Shimabukuro H, Kawamura H, Cheng Z, Ma Y, Mahmut M. Effect of Age at Menopause on Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women. Am J Hypertens. 2007;20:1045-50.

Joyce GF, Goldman DP, Karaca-Mandic P, Zheng Y. Pharmacy benefit caps and the chronically ill. Health Aff. 2007;26:1333-44.

Kramarow E, Lubitz J, Lentzner H, Gorina Y. Trends in the health of older Americans, 1970-2005. Health Aff. 2007;26:1417-25.

Larowe TL, Mares JA, Snodderly DM, Klein ML, Wooten BR, Chappell R; CAREDS Macular Pigment Study Group. Macular pigment density and age-related maculopathy in the carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study an ancillary study of the Women's Health Initiative. Ophthalmology. 2007; [Epub ahead of print].

Lee DS, Massaro JM, Wang TJ, Kannel WB, Benjamin EJ, Kenchaiah S, Levy D, D'Agostino RB Sr, Vasan RS. Antecedent blood pressure, body mass index, and the risk of incident heart failure in later life. Hypertension. 2007;[Epub ahead of print].

Lyles KW, Colon-Emeric CS, Magaziner JS, Adachi JD, Pieper CF, Mautalen C, Hyldstrup L, Recknor C, Nordsletten L, Moore KA, Lavecchia C, Zhang J, Mesenbrink P, Hodgson PK, Abrams K, Orloff JJ, Horowitz Z, Eriksen EF, Boonen S; the HORIZON Recurrent Fracture Trial. Zoledronic acid and clinical fractures and mortality after hip fracture. N Engl J Med. 2007; [Epub ahead of print].

Margolis KL, Rodabough RJ, Thomson CA, Lopez AM, McTiernan A; for the Women's Health Initiative Research Group. Prospective study of leukocyte count as a predictor of incident breast, colorectal, endometrial, and lung cancer and mortality in postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1837-44.

Martinez-Ramirez MJ, Palma S, Martinez-Gonzalez MA, Delgado-Martinez AD, de la Fuente C, Delgado-Rodriguez M. Dietary fat intake and the risk of osteoporotic fractures in the elderly. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007;61:1114-20.

Mather M, Lee M. Trends in disability at older ages. Population Reference Bureau; 2007. Program and Policy Implications, No. 7.

Meydani SN, Barnett JB, Dallal GE, Fine BC, Jacques PF, Leka LS, Hamer DH. Serum zinc and pneumonia in nursing home elderly. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1167-73.

Ngo SN, Williams DB, Cobiac L, Head RJ. Does garlic reduce risk of colorectal cancer? A systematic review. J Nutr. 2007;137:2264-69.

Racunica TL, Teichtahl AJ, Wang Y, Wluka AE, English DR, Giles GG, O'sullivan R, Cicuttini FM. Effect of physical activity on articular knee joint structures in community-based adults. Arthritis Rheum. 2007;57:1261-68.

Rankinen T, Church TS, Rice T, Bouchard C, Blair SN. Cardiorespiratory fitness, BMI, and risk of hypertension: the HYPGENE study. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007;39:1687-92.

Riggs MM, Sethi AK, Zabarsky TF, Eckstein EC, Jump RL, Donskey CJ. Asymptomatic carriers are a potential source for transmission of epidemic and nonepidemic Clostridium difficile strains among long-term care facility residents. Clin Infect Dis. 2007;45:992-8.

Schiller JS, Kramarow EA, Dey AN. Fall injury episodes among noninstitutionalized older adults: United States, 2001-2003. Hyattsville, Md: National Center for Health Statistics; 2007. Advance data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 392.

Schmitz KH, Hannan PJ, Stovitz SD, Bryan CJ, Warren M, Jensen MD. Strength training and adiposity in premenopausal women: Strong, Healthy, and Empowered study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:566-72.

Schousboe JT, Taylor BC, Fink HA, Kane RL, Cummings SR, Orwoll ES, Melton LJ 3rd, Bauer DC, Ensrud KE. Cost-effectiveness of bone densitometry followed by treatment of osteoporosis in older men. JAMA. 2007;298:629-37.

Schretlen DJ, Inscore AB, Vannorsdall TD, Kraut M, Pearlson GD, Gordon B, Jinnah HA. Serum uric acid and brain ischemia in normal elderly adults. Neurology. 2007;69: 1418-23.

Singh S. From exotic spice to modern drug? Cell. 2007;130:765-8.

Smith DB, Feng Z, Fennell ML, Zinn JS, Mor V. Separate and unequal: racial segregation and disparities in quality across U.S. nursing homes. Health Aff. 2007;26:1448-58.

Sonnega A. Assessing the fiscal impact of aging. Population Reference Bureau; 2007.Research Highlights in the Demography and Economics of Aging, No.9.

Stewart R, Hirani V. Dental health and cognitive impairment in an english national survey population. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55:1410-4.

Sturman MT, de Leon CF, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Wilson RS, Evans DA. Body mass index and cognitive decline in a biracial community population. Neurology. 2007; [Epub ahead of print].

Vega-Lopez S, Ausman LM, Griffith JL, Lichtenstein AH. Interindividual variability and intra-individual reproducibility of glycemic index values for commercial white bread. Diabetes Care. 2007;30:1412-7.

Zhao WQ, De Felice FG, Fernandez S, Chen H, Lambert MP, Quon MJ, Krafft GA, Klein WL. Amyloid beta oligomers induce impairment of neuronal insulin receptors. FASEB J. 2007; [Epub ahead of print].

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