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

March 6th, 2008: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest


2008 Food Stamp Participation Grants. Awards to partnership between a State agency and one or more private non-profit organizations, including faith-based or community-based organizations. This year additional points to those proposal that target the elderly and/or Hispanic populations. More information and application.

New website that contains 16 Communities of Practice, including parenting, personal finance, disaster education, and family caregiving.


"Supporting Rural Family Caregivers" Webinar March 19, 2008. To register and to find more information on the broadcast and where it can be viewed, please go to:


“The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Senior Hunger in America” by James Ziliak and Craig Gunderson was reported at the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Access report or at


National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report, these reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Task Force on Oral Health of Older Adults released its report Just the F.A.C.T.S. The F.A.C.T.S. are Financial, Advocacy, Communication, Treatment and Services strategies to improve the oral health and overall health of Connecticut’s older adult residents.


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Self-Reported Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Persons Aged >65 Years United States, 2006.


Disparity Reducing Advances Project report "Using Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities". The report notes that local communities can be effective in preventing health disparities in such chronic diseases as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Resources and Web links

Census Bureau

New Facts on Older Americans.

May is Older Americans Month


Bleys J, Navas-Acien A, Guallar E. Serum Selenium Levels and All-Cause, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Mortality Among US Adults. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:404-10.

Guardia G, Parikh N, Eskridge T, Phillips E, Divine G, Rao DS. Prevalence of vitamin D depletion among subjects seeking advice on osteoporosis: a five-year cross-sectional study with public health implications. Osteoporos Int. 2008;19:13-9.

Kristal AR, Arnold KB, Schenk JM, Neuhouser ML, Goodman P, Penson DF, Thompson IM. Dietary Patterns, Supplement Use, and the Risk of Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Results from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Feb 7; [Epub ahead of print]

Langa KM, Larson EB,Karlawish JH, Cutler DM, Kabeto MU, Kim SY, Rosen AB.Trends in the prevalence and mortality of cognitive impairment in the United States: Is there evidence of a compression of cognitive morbidity? Alzheimers Dement. Corrected Proof, 27 February 2008.

Phillips SA, Jurva JW, Syed AQ, Syed AQ, Kulinski JP, Pleuss J, Hoffmann RG, Gutterman DD. Benefit of low-fat over low-carbohydrate diet on endothelial health in obesity. Hypertension. 2008;51:376-82.

Rozendaal RM, Koes BW, van Osch GJ, Uitterlinden EJ, Garling EH, Willemsen SP, Ginai AZ, Verhaar JA, Weinans H, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. Effect of glucosamine sulfate on hip osteoarthritis: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2008;148:268-77.

Sinclair AJ, Conroy SP, Bayer AJ. Impact of diabetes on physical function in older people. Diabetes Care. 2008;31:233-5.

Strine TW, Mokdad AH, Dube SR, Balluz LS, Gonzalez O, Berry JT, Manderscheid R, Kroenke K. The association of depression and anxiety with obesity and unhealthy behaviors among community-dwelling US adults. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2008;30:127-37.

Sui X, Hooker SP, Lee IM, Church TS, Colabianchi N, Lee CD, Blair SN. A prospective study of cardiorespiratory fitness and risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Diabetes Care. 2008;31:550-5.

Wang TJ, Pencina MJ, Booth SL, Jacques PF, Ingelsson E, Lanier K, Benjamin EJ, D'Agostino RB, Wolf M, Vasan RS. Vitamin D deficiency and risk of cardiovascular disease. Circulation. 2008;117:503-11.

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