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

April 1st, 2008: Biweekly Highlights
This notice provides announcements and links to new nutrition, physical activity, and aging information.

Of Special Interest

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Launching the first-ever National President's Challenge, a 6 week physical activity challenge to get America moving! The Challenge, which kicks off March 20th, is designed to help people live healthier and get fit by finding activities they really enjoy. Registration is open until April 3.


New study from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Personal Counseling and Web-Based Strategies Show Modest Success for Sustaining Weight Loss.

Resources and Web links

Aging Stats: Key Indicators of Well Being 2008

Latest data on the 38 key indicators to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. Includes 5 subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. Key Indicators of Well Being 2008


Assuring Healthy Caregivers:  A Public Health Approach to Translating Research into Practice:  The RE-AIM Framework. A limited number of hard copies are available or online.

National Academy Press

The Development of DRIs 1994-2004:Lessons Learned and New Challenges: Workshop Summary. The DRIs represent a new approach to nutrient reference standards. This book looks into the issues and challenges inherent in the development of nutrient reference values. Read this book free online.


Allen RR, Carson L, Kwik-Uribe C, Evans EM, Erdman JW Jr. Daily consumption of a dark chocolate containing flavanols and added sterol esters affects cardiovascular risk factors in a normotensive population with elevated cholesterol. J Nutr. 2008;138:725-31.

Beckett NS, Peters R, Fletcher AE, Staessen JA, Liu L, Dumitrascu D, Stoyanovsky V, Antikainen RL, Nikitin Y, Anderson C, Belhani A, Forette F, Rajkumar C, Thijs L, Banya W, Bulpitt CJ; the HYVET Study Group.Treatment of hypertension in patients 80 years of age or older. N Engl J Med. 2008 Mar 31; [Epub ahead of print].

Callen BL, Pemberton G. Weight gain in overweight and obese community dwelling old-old. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:233-7.

Dietrich T, Jimenez M, Krall Kaye EA, Vokonas PS, Garcia RI. Age-dependent associations between chronic periodontitis/edentulism and risk of coronary heart disease. Circulation. 2008;117:1668-1674.

Ford J, Spallek M, Dobson A. Self-rated health and a healthy lifestyle are the most important predictors of survival in elderly women. Age Ageing. 2008;37:194-200.

Gaillard C, Alix E, Salle A, Berrut G, Ritz P. A practical approach to estimate resting energy expenditure in frail elderly people. J Nutr Health Aging. 2008;12:277-80.

Kostis JB. Treating Hypertension in the Very Old. N Engl J Med. 2008 Mar 31; [Epub ahead of print].

Ravaglia G, Forti P, Lucicesare A, Pisacane N, Rietti E, Patterson C. Development of an easy prognostic score for frailty outcomes in the aged. Age Ageing. 2008;37:161-6.

Scichilone N, Paglino G, Battaglia S, Martino L, Interrante A, Bellia V. The mini nutritional assessment is associated with the perception of dyspnoea in older subjects with advanced COPD. Age Ageing. 2008;37:214-7.

Svetkey LP, Stevens VJ, Brantley PJ, Appel LJ, Hollis JF, Loria CM, Vollmer WM, Gullion CM, Funk K, Smith P, Samuel-Hodge C, Myers V, Lien LF, Laferriere D, Kennedy B, Jerome GJ, Heinith F, Harsha DW, Evans P, Erlinger TP, Dalcin AT, Coughlin J, Charleston J, Champagne CM, Bauck A, Ard JD, Aicher K; Weight Loss Maintenance Collaborative Research Group. Comparison of strategies for sustaining weight loss: the weight loss maintenance randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2008;299:1139-48.

Toufektsian MC, de Lorgeril M, Nagy N, Salen P, Donati MB, Giordano L, Mock HP, Peterek S, Matros A, Petroni K, Pilu R, Rotilio D, Tonelli C, de Leiris J, Boucher F, Martin C. Chronic dietary intake of plant-derived anthocyanins protects the rat heart against ischemia-reperfusion injury. J Nutr. 2008;138:747-52.

Whitmer RA, Gustafson DR, Barrett-Connor E, Haan MN, Gunderson EP, Yaffe K. Central obesity and increased risk of dementia more than three decades later. Neurology. 2008. [Epub ahead of print].

Zhang C, Rexrode KM, van Dam RM, Li TY, Hu FB. Abdominal obesity and the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: sixteen years of follow-up in US women. Circulation. 2008;117:1658-1667.


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