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

March 19th, 2008: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest


Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released MyPyramid Menu Planner. Interactive resource helps to balance food choices daily or on average over a week; plan upcoming meals to meet MyPyramid goals; provides suggestions for potential ways to improve food choices. mypyramidtracker.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists have again reported on how the elderly also can engage in physical activity to improve quality of life.

Economic Research Service (ERS) - Sources of Variation in State-Level Food Stamp Participation Rates

Economic Research Service (ERS) - Household Food Security and Tradeoffs in the Food Budget of Food Stamp Program Participants: An Engel Function Approach

Resources and Web links


Nutrition for Everyone. New web pages on the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity site.

The Commonwealth Fund

"Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: A New Chartbook."
Webinar: March 24, 2008, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., EDT. Register.

American Dietetic Association

Medicare MNT Workshop 2008. Hot Topics for Medicare RDs: Effectiveness & Efficiency in 2008 Designed for new and current Medicare providers. May 3, 2008, 8:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

Feature Article

Quigley KK, Hermann JR, Warde WD. Nutritional risk among Oklahoma congregate meal participants. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008;40:89-93.


Arnett SW, Laity JH, Agrawal SK, Cress ME. Aerobic reserve and physical functional performance in older adults. Age and Ageing.[Epub ahead of print].

Bourre JM, Paquotte P. Seafood (Wild and Farmed) for the Elderly: Contribution to the Dietary Intakes of Iodine, Selenium, DHA and Vitamins B12 and D. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:186-92.

Chau D, Cho LM, Jani P, St Jeor ST. Individualizing recommendations for weight management in the elderly. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2008;11:27-31.

Daly RM, Petrass N, Bass S, Nowson CA. The skeletal benefits of calcium- and vitamin D3-fortified milk are sustained in older men after withdrawal of supplementation: an 18-mo follow-up study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:771-7.

Dawson-Hughes B, Harris SS, Ceglia L. Alkaline diets favor lean tissue mass in older adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:662-5.

Kim HJ, Barajas B, Wang M, Nel AE. Nrf2 activation by sulforaphane restores the age-related decrease of T(H)1 immunity: role of dendritic cells. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar 4; [Epub ahead of print].

Kullberg K, Aberg AC, Bjorklund A, Ekblad J, Sidenvall B. Daily Eating Events among Co-living and Single-Living, Diseased Older Men. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:176-82.

Labossiere R, Bernard MA. Nutritional considerations in institutionalized elders. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2008;11:1-6.

Merrick EL, Horgan CM, Hodgkin D, Garnick DW, Houghton SF, Panas L, Saitz R, Blow FC. Unhealthy drinking patterns in older adults: prevalence and associated characteristics. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008;56:214-23.

Nguyen HQ, Ackermann RT, Maciejewski M, Berke E, Patrick M, Williams B, LoGerfo JP. Managed-Medicare health club benefit and reduced health care costs among older adults. Prev Chronic Dis. 2008;5:A14.

O'Connell ED, Nolan JM, Stack J, Greenberg D, Kyle J, Maddock L, Beatty S. Diet and risk factors for age-related maculopathy. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87:712-22.

Ousset PJ, Nourhashemi F, Reynish E, Vellas B. Nutritional status is associated with disease progression in very mild alzheimer disease. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2008;22:66-71.

Quigley KK, Hermann JR, Warde WD. Nutritional risk among Oklahoma congregate meal participants. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008;40:89-93.

Rudolph JL, Salow MJ, Angelini MC, McGlinchey RE. The anticholinergic risk scale and anticholinergic adverse effects in older persons. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:508-13.

Sipponen A, Jokinen JJ, Sipponen P, Papp A, Sarna S, Lohi J. Beneficial effect of resin salve in treatment of severe pressure ulcers: a prospective, randomized and controlled multicentre trial. Br J Dermatol. 2008 Feb 16; [Epub ahead of print].

Strandberg TE, Strandberg AY, Pitkälä K, Salomaa VV, Tilvis RS, Miettinen TA. Chocolate, well-being and health among elderly men. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2008;62:247-53.

Supervía A, Aranda D, Márquez MA, Aguirre A, Skaf E, Gutiérrez J. Predicting length of hospitalisation of elderly patients, using the Barthel Index. Age and Ageing.[Epub ahead of print].

Umegaki H, Kawamura T, Mogi N, Umemura T, Kanai A, Sano T. Glucose control levels, ischaemic brain lesions, and hyperinsulinaemia were associated with cognitive dysfunction in diabetic elderly. Age and Ageing.[Epub ahead of print].

van Stralen KJ, Doggen CJ, Lumley T, Cushman M, Folsom AR, Psaty BM, Siscovick D, Rosendaal FR, Heckbert SR. The relationship between exercise and risk of venous thrombosis in elderly people. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Mar;56(3):517-22.

Williams BA, Lindquist K, Sudore RL, Covinsky KE, Walter LC. Screening mammography in older women: effect of wealth and prognosis. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:514-20.


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