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ERIC Number: ED244925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Nutritional Considerations for Physical Fitness in the Elderly.
Daniel, Michael L.; And Others
On the average, the diet of the elderly in this country is adequate, except possibly in total caloric intake and the intake of calcium. Many deficiencies may exist in specific ethnic, demographic, and economic subpopulations. A number of factors might enter into causing these general and specific problems, of which drug-to-drug and drug-to-food interactions may be supreme. Economic status cannot be ruled out, and there is undoubtedly an entire subpopulation of the aged who cannot afford to exercise because they cannot afford the extra caloric intake. Some diagnosed deficiencies may be remedied by supplements, either in the form of dietary additives or substitutions. Much can be done by teaching proper dietary habits, starting early in life and continuing throughout the years. The combined health, physical education, and recreation professions may be responsible for changing the next generation of elderly by fostering a lifetime of activity and fitness. Active lifestyles, combined with the practice of available nutrition guidelines, as well as compliance with other components of a wellness program, will enhance the quality of life. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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