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Refresher course on calcium Prepared by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health-513

Refresher course on calcium Prepared by the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, has several important functions. More than 99% of total body calcium is stored in the bones and teeth where it functions to support their structure [1]. The remaining one percent is found throughout the body in blood, muscle and the fluid between cells. Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system [2]. A constant level of calcium is maintained in body fluid and tissues so that these vital body processes function efficiently.

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Promoting nutritional wellness for culturally diverse older adults by Chaya Gordon, MPH-470

Promoting nutritional wellness for culturally diverse older adults by Chaya Gordon, MPH

Why do some people eat with silverware, while others use chopsticks or their hands? Why do inhabitants of some countries consume dairy products, while these foods are practically unknown in other places? And why do some people serve food in courses, while others put everything on the table at the same time?

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Key messages for healthy eating-465

Key messages for healthy eating

In recent years, nutritional professionals are placing physical activity on a par with nutrition as the top points for healthy living. To focus that message, March is designated as National Nutrition Month in both the United States and Canada. Promoted by the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, each organization has bite-sized messages and resources that you can use throughout the year to educate your residents and clients.

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Digestive health through lifestyle approaches by Rita Sigmon, PhD, RD-406

Digestive health through lifestyle approaches by Rita Sigmon, PhD, RD

In a world of technologically designed convenience, the human body needs regular physical activity. From physiological, metabolic and psychological perspectives, regular exercise can improve more than 50 different aspects of life. Most people can easily cite cardiovascular and muscular benefits of exercise. But for older adults, a less often thought of exercise benefit is a healthier functioning digestive system.

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Healthy weight resources-375

Healthy weight resources

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), developed by Rena Wing, PhD. and James Hill, PhD., is a database of people who have self-reported a weight loss of 30 pounds or more and kept it off for at least a year.

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Dietary guidelines for healthy living-294

Dietary guidelines for healthy living

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Dietary Guidelines) provides science-based advice to promote health and to reduce risk for major chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. Major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States are related to poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Some specific diseases linked to poor diet and physical inactivity include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Furthermore, poor diet and physical inactivity, resulting in an energy imbalance (more calories consumed than expended), are the most important factors contributing to the increase in overweight and obesity in this country. Combined with physical activity, following a diet that does not provide excess calories according to the recommendations in this document should enhance the health of most individuals.

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