Workshop on Nutrition across the Lifespan for Healthy Aging
How can nutrition sustain and promote healthy aging, not only in late adulthood, but beginning in pregnancy and early childhood and extending throughout the lifespan?
This 1.5-day workshop, hosted by the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, explored nutrition across the lifespan for healthy aging. The workshop facilitated a broad examination of the trends and patterns of aging and factors related to healthy aging in the U.S., with a specific focus on nutrition. The agenda included a range of topics on the spectrum of aging and health, from early-life origins of disease to overweight and obesity in late adulthood. Highlighting the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life, experts also discussed changes in organ systems over the lifespan, including the skeletal, muscular, and cardiovascular systems, and changes that occur with age related to cognitive, brain, and mental health, diet-related sensory preferences, oral health, and the microbiome. In addition, through both presentations and moderated discussions, the workshop explored opportunities to move forward in promoting healthy aging in the U.S.