WASHINGTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 here and for direct download here.
"We are pleased to release these films during National Nutrition Month as a way to educate seniors, and consumers of all ages, about how good nutrition can help them maintain and improve their health, add vitality to their years, and potentially reduce their risk of disease," says Alliance Vice President of Health Programs Lindsay Clarke.
The films look at nutrition in three parts: nutrition and the process of aging, essential nutrients and safely turning to supplements, and improving cardiovascular health with nutrition.
The films cover a number of topics, including:
- The biological processes of aging and the importance of nutrition in promoting healthy aging
- An overview of essential and non-essential nutrients
- What the latest research tells us about bioactive compounds such as carotenoids, phytosterols, and flavanols and how they may improve aspects of health
- When and how to consider and choose dietary supplements
- Advances in nutrition and cardiovascular health
"We are very excited by this collaboration with the Alliance for Aging Research and the launch of these educational films, "explains Daniella Foster, Director of Science Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mars Symbioscience. "We have spent more than two decades committed to pioneering innovative fundamental nutrition research to maintain and improve human health. And through our Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, we are dedicated to sharing our research outcomes and advancing people's understanding of the inherent link between nutrition and healthy aging. These films offer an engaging, consumer-friendly way to do just that."
For a press kit, please go here. The Alliance offers a complete library of short, animated "pocket films" on a wide range of health conditions and topics from sepsis to atrial fibrillation to safe medication use, many with an emphasis on older adults.
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SOURCE Alliance for Aging Research