Apr 9, 2020
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Physical Activity for Older Adults

Dietitians understand the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle. This not only includes proper food choices but also includes physical activity/exercise along with good eating habits. Physical activity can have a positive effect on disease prevention and/or management. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors … [ Read More ]

The Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease on Nutritional Status

According to the Alzheimer’s Association facts and figures, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  By the year 2050, this number is projected to increase to nearly 14 million individuals.  Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in older adults.  Proper nutrition is important to help keep the body strong and healthy.  In … [ Read More ]

The Importance of Protein for Older Adults

Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for older adults to build and maintain muscle mass.  Skin, bones, and organ are largely made up of protein.  The functions of protein include repair and maintenance of cells, making hormones and enzymes, transporting and storing small molecules within cells throughout the body, helping in healing wounds, and … [ Read More ]

Fiber and its importance in a healthy diet

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed. If the grain has been processed (e.g., cracked, crushed, rolled, extruded, and/or cooked), the food product should deliver approximately the same rich balance of nutrients that … [ Read More ]

Treating obesity in the older adult: Identify, Listen, and Ask

Obesity is a growing issue across all ages. Health professionals are making huge strides in understanding how to work with obese children considering their vulnerabilities, but often, we’re underestimating the vulnerabilities of our elderly population when it comes to treating obesity. In many skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and long-term care facilities, dietitians are still regularly using … [ Read More ]

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins are essential elements for normal human development.  Vitamins are found only in plants and animals and are organic substances which generate hundreds of chemical reactions throughout the body.  These include converting sugars and fats into energy and synthesizing proteins to create basic components of various cellular structures.  Vitamins can also help in healing wounds … [ Read More ]

Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats

There are 3 macronutrients that we all require in our diets:  carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  These macronutrients are important for growth and maintenance throughout the lifecycle. Carbohydrates are one of the main nutrients in our diets and help provide energy for our bodies.  All starches and sugars are broken down by the body to glucose … [ Read More ]

Cancer and Nutritional Interventions

Good nutrition – eating a variety of foods that gives the body the nutrients it needs- is an important part of cancer treatment in helping to keep up strength and energy, maintain weight and the body’s store of nutrients, and lower the risk of infection, however cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation have side … [ Read More ]

Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

Vegan Vs Vegetarian: What’s the difference?

Many people are aware of vegan and vegetarian diets, but some don’t understand if there is a difference between the two, and what it is. Vegan is actually a branch of a vegetarian lifestyle. The diets focus on the intake of plant based foods as sources of nutrition such as fruit, vegetables, dried beans, peas, … [ Read More ]