New Film Series Emphasizes Vital Role of Good Nutrition for Healthy Aging

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Campaign Launches during National Nutrition Month in March

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2016 –Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time. Although scientists have not yet found a way to delay the biological processes of aging, they are learning more about how healthy behavioral practices, such as maintaining a well-balanced diet, are critical to fostering good health throughout our lives.

While eating a nutritious diet overall is essential, the specific amounts and types of nutrients we need and the body’s ability to process them can change with age and with personal health status.

During National Nutrition Month, the Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, has released three animated “pocket films” that explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging and highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research. These pocket films offer an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to nutrition that both consumers and health educators can take with them anywhere on their smart phone or tablet. The films, along with additional resources about nutrition, are available for viewing and direct download.

The films cover a number of topics, including:

  • The biological processes of aging and the importance of nutrition in promoting healthy aging
  • What the latest research tells us about bioactive compounds such as carotenoids, phytosterols, and flavanols and how they may improve aspects of health
  • Cocoa flavanols are bioactives. Science from collaborations of leading experts in academia and industry are finding that the unique combination of flavanols found in cocoa may promote a healthy heart and cardiovascu¬lar system by supporting healthy blood flow.
  • How to consider and choose dietary supplements
  • Advances in nutrition and cardiovascular health

The full press release can be found here.