For most Americans, staying “mentally sharp” as they age is a very high priority. Declines in memory and decision-making abilities may trigger fears of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases. With a rapidly growing older population, better understanding cognitive aging and identifying and promoting actions that individuals, organizations, communities and society can take to help older adults maintain and improve their cognitive health is key.
Brockman J. Life. New York: Harper Perennial; 2016.
Scientists’ understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists and science writers, Life explains just how far we’ve come and take an educated guess at where we’re heading.
Nine lessons for living longer from the people who have lived the longest. In this New York Times bestseller, longevity expert Dan Buettner draws on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities—Blue Zones—around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices that will add years to your life and life to your years.
In his latest book, Dan Buettner identifies pockets of the world, called “Blue Zones”, where high number of centenarians live and examines the diets and lifestyles that have sustained these individuals.
Written by the Double X land crew and former Nutrilite nutrition scientists, this book combines science and whimsy to deliver information that matters most to parents. Each monthly chapter follows the school year calendar to target pre-set goals to build a solid foundation of healthy habits for success in the classroom and in life.
Sean Foy, an exercise physiologist, behavioral coach and fitness consultant for the Nutrilite Health Institute, tackles the number one reason people don’t exercise—not enough time— with practical steps to boost metabolic rate, exercise all major muscle groups, increase cardiovascular endurance and more in just 10 minutes.
Marion Nestle, a major public health and food choice advocate, has written several excellent books. The most recent, Soda Politics, which is the first to address the history, politics, nutrition and health of soda, integrating while public health science with historical and cultural research.
Food expert Michael Pollan describes how taking back cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance can not only help make the American food system healthier and more enjoyable, but can open the door to a more nourishing life.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test as the camera follows people with chronic diseases who make changes to their diet by adopting a plant-based diet. The challenges and joys of their journey are revealed.
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An eye-opening documentary by director Stephanie Soechtig that looks at the politics of food and the causes of childhood obesity.
This publication contains selected papers from the Inaugural Conference ‘Healthy Agriculture, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy People’ of the World Council on Genetics, Nutrition and Fitness for Health held at Ancient Olympia, Greece, in October 2010. Topics include the relationship between architecture and agriculture, food production systems and urban agriculture, as well as physical activity, nutrition, genetic variation and other determinants of human health.
This report focuses on key issues that need to be addressed if we are to feed the nation in a sustainable way: food costs, dietary guidance that supports sustainability, research priorities, policy implications, and most importantly what drives consumer behavior.
In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to the end of their term, and a post-2015 agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took their place. This WHO report looks back 15 years at the trends and positive forces during the MDG-era and assesses the main challenges that will effect health in the next 15 years. The 17 SDGs are discussed including ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, tackling climate change and more by 2030.
This article focuses on an innovative approach to treating the root cause of countless illnesses: delay aging. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a thought leader on aging and longevity, shares his insights.
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This article asks a simple, yet profound, question, “What should we be doing to prepare for the unprecedented aging of humanity?”
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