Mars And The Alliance for Aging Research Release New Film Series About The Vital Role Of Good Nutrition for Healthy Aging

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As we age, the benefits of adopting a healthy diet are many, from increased mental acuteness and resistance to illness and disease to more energy, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. Eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. But healthy eating doesn’t have to be about dieting and sacrifice. Whatever our age, eating well should be about fresh and tasty food, as the foods we eat can play a significant role in how our bodies age. Research reveals that certain foods can have a negative effect on health. More recently, science has begun to explore and understand how nutrition plays a role in promoting healthy aging throughout all stages of life. 

Helping consumers and nutrition experts, primary care physicians and medical centres to understand the role of nutrition in healthy aging, the Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, has released a series of three animated ‘pocket films’ during National Nutrition Month this March in the U.S. These films cleverly highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research, and can be viewed anywhere on a tablet or smart phone. They are geared to help consumers learn how certain foods and nutrients can affect their health, give them tips on what to consider before turning to supplements and empower them to maintain, and improve their own health.

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. Though scientists have not yet found a way to delay the biological processes of aging, they are learning more about how healthy behavioural practices, such as maintaining a well-balanced diet, are critical to fostering good health throughout our lives. While eating a nutritious diet is essential, the specific amounts and types of nutrients we need and the body’s ability to process them can change with age along with personal health status. These films offer an easy-to-understand introduction to nutrition for everyone.

These innovative ‘pocket 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. By watching these ‘shorts,’ it is hoped they will help educate seniors and consumers of all ages about how good nutrition can help maintain and improve their health, add vitality to their years, and potentially reduce their risk of disease.

Let’s face it: there’s a reason why so many of us have trouble eating nutritiously every day. Sometimes, it’s just quicker or easier to eat unhealthy food. However, none of us were born with a craving for fast foods or an aversion to vegetables. This conditioning happens over time, as we’re exposed to more and more unhealthy food choices. A recent study shows that it is possible to reprogram our brain’s food cravings, so we can crave healthier foods. Ultimately, eating healthily is an ongoing commitment—it’s easier than you think. 

Photo CreditMars Center for Cocoa Health Science