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

January 9th, 2008: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest


The Florida Interagency Food & Nutrition Committee
Fruits & Veggies--More Matters Resource Manual
Nutrition education focusing on the promotion of increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Available in 3 pdf files pages 1-60, 61- 68, 69-100.


Tufts releases MyPyramid specifically designed for older adults.
Modified MyPyramid for older adults.

Iowa State University

37th Annual Current Issues in Nutrition Conference April 17, 2008.
Nutrition Education: What Works? For more information.

European Food Safety Authority

Draft guidance for assessing the safety of botanicals used as food supplements, as well as criteria to prioritize such products for safety assessment. Two draft compendia listing botanicals that contain natural compounds that may deserve specific attention when looking at safe use in foods.

Resources and Web links


Technical Assistance Support Zone State Planning is a one-stop source for states designed specifically to support the development of comprehensive State Plans on Aging.


Active for Life Campaign: Promoting Physical Activity Among Those 50+ 
AARP's Active for Life campaign is focused on getting sedentary midlife and older adults to engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week.

National Food Safety Educator's Network

Electronic newsletter provides updates on food safety from Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Food  Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). To join follow the directions here.


Downloadable and printable posters for nutrition information of raw fruits, vegetables, and fish.


Bjørk C, Thygesen LC, Vinther-Larsen M, Grønbaek MN. Time trends in heavy drinking among middle-aged and older adults in Denmark. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008;32:120-7.

Campbell AJ, Robertson MC. Rethinking individual and community fall prevention strategies: a meta-regression comparing single and multifactorial interventions. Age Ageing. 2007;36(6):656-62.

Gentilcore D, Hausken T, Meyer JH, Chapman IM, Horowitz M, Jones KL. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:156-161.

Hodgson JM, Devine A, Burke V, Dick IM, Prince RL. Chocolate consumption and bone density in older women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:175-80.

Houston DK, Nicklas BJ, Ding J, Harris TB, Tylavsky FA, Newman AB, Lee JS, Sahyoun NR, Visser M, Kritchevsky SB; for the Health ABC Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:150-155.

Hughes K, van Beurden E, Eakin EG, Barnett LM, Patterson E, Backhouse J, Jones S, Hauser D, Beard JR, Newman B. Older persons' perception of risk of falling: implications for fall-prevention campaigns. Am J Public Health. 2008;[Epub ahead of print]

Johnson JL, Slentz CA, Houmard JA, Samsa GP, Duscha BD, Aiken LB, McCartney JS, Tanner CJ, Kraus WE. Exercise training amount and intensity effects on metabolic syndrome (from studies of a targeted risk reduction intervention through defined exercise). Am J Cardiol. 2007 Dec 15;100:1759-66.

Judd SE, Nanes MS, Ziegler TR, Wilson PW, Tangpricha V.Optimal vitamin D status attenuates the age-associated increase in systolic blood pressure in white Americans: results from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:136-41.

Khaw KT, Wareham N, Bingham S, Welch A, Luben R, Day N. Combined impact of health behaviours and mortality in men and women: the EPIC-Norfolk prospective population study. PLoS Medicine. Vol. 5, No. 1, e12 doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050012

Kiebzak GM, Moore NL, Margolis S, Hollis B, Kevorkian CG. Vitamin D status of patients admitted to a hospital rehabilitation unit: relationship to function and progress. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2007;86:435-45.

Lawrence RC, Felson DT, Helmick CG, Arnold LM, Choi H, Deyo RA, Gabriel S, Hirsch R, Hochberg MC, Hunder GG, Jordan JM, Katz JN, Kremers HM, Wolfe F; National Arthritis Data WorkgroupThe National Arthritis Data Workgroup is a consortium of experts in epidemiology organized to provide a single source of national data on the prevalence and impact of rheumatic diseases. It is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH; the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and National Center for Health Statistics, CDC; the American College of Rheumatology; and the Arthritis Foundation. Estimates of the prevalence of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States: Part II. Arthritis Rheum. 2007;58:26-35.

Lichtenstein, AH, Rasmussen, H,Yu, WW, Epstein, S, Russell, RM. Modified MyPyramid for older adults.J Nutr. 2008;138:5-11.

Malaguarnera M, Cammalleri L, Gargante MP, Vacante M, Colonna V, Motta M. L-Carnitine treatment reduces severity of physical and mental fatigue and increases cognitive functions in centenarians: a randomized and controlled clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;86:1738-44.

Monsivais P, Drewnowksi A. The rising cost of low-energy-density foods. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:2071-6.

Phillips CD, Hawes C, Lieberman T, Koren MJ. Where should Momma go? Current nursing home performance measurement strategies and a less ambitious approach. BMC Health Serv Res. 2007;7:93.

Ravaglia G, Forti P, Lucicesare A, Pisacane N, Rietti E, Bianchin M, Dalmonte E. Physical activity and dementia risk in the elderly. Findings from a prospective Italian study. Neurology. 2007;[Epub ahead of print].

Robinson SM, Jameson KA, Batelaan SF, Martin HJ, Syddall HE, Dennison EM, Cooper C, Sayer AA; the Hertfordshire Cohort Study Group. Diet and Its Relationship with Grip Strength in Community-Dwelling Older Men and Women: The Hertfordshire Cohort Study. J Am Geriatr Soc.2007;[Epub ahead of print]

Söderhamn U, Bachrach-Lindström M, Ek AC.Self-care ability and sense of coherence in older nutritional at-risk patients. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007;[Epub ahead of print]

Sorbye LW, Schroll M, Finne Soveri H, Jonsson PV, Topinkova E, Ljunggren G, Bernabei R. Unintended weight loss in the elderly living at home: the Aged in Home Care Project (AdHOC). J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:10-6.

Storti KL, Pettee KK, Brach JS, Talkowski JB, Richardson CR, Kriska AM. Gait speed and step-count monitor accuracy in community-dwelling older adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2008;40:59-64.

Thompson Martin C, Kaiser Jones J, Stotts NA, Sivarajan Froelicher E. Community-living elder's views on normal and low weight. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:45-8.

Yeatts DE, Cready CM. Consequences of empowered CNA teams in nursing home settings: a longitudinal assessment. Gerontologist. 2007;47:323-39.

Yin W, Basu A, Zhang JX, Rabbani A, Meltzer DO, Alexander GC. The Effect of the Medicare Part D Prescription Benefit on Drug Utilization and Expenditures.
Ann Intern Med
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