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"BETTER 'N EVER" CHANGES WITH AGE: A 20-Year Case Study of Successful Aging

Cress, M. Elaine Ph.D., FACSM; Lewis, Richard D. Ph.D., R.D., FACSM; Flatt, William Ph.D.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: March/April 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - pp 20-25
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31820b7484
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • To illustrate the importance of diet and aerobic exercise on obesity and weight management.

• To examine the influence of age and resistance training on body composition.

• To illustrate the importance of fitness on the functional performance of daily activities.

• To illustrate the importance of "teachable moments" as motivational factors for lifetime behavioral change.

Developing habits of regular exercise and healthy eating promotes functional independence through maintaining healthy weight and preventing loss of skeletal muscle and bone. This article delves into the 20 year story of a man who completely changed his lifestyle in a positive way and is reaping the healthy benefits of the changes.

M. Elaine Cress, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of kinesiology and health promotion and behavior at The University of Georgia. She also is a gerontologist and on the faculty at the Institute of Gerontology. She and her graduate students conduct research studies on interventions to understand what can improve physical function in older adults. She teaches courses in exercise science and gerontology. Dr. Cress is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America, Health Sciences Section.

Richard D. Lewis, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, is a professor of foods and nutrition at The University of Georgia. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments within the UGA Department of Kinesiology and in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Lewis' research focuses on osteoporosis and obesity prevention, particularly in children and adolescents. He teaches life cycle nutrition and medical nutrition therapy courses. Dr. Lewis is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and is an active member of the American Dietetic Association, American Society for Nutrition, and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

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William Flatt, Ph.D., is a D.W. Brooks distinguished professor emeritus of foods and nutrition and animal and dairy science at The University of Georgia. He taught human and animal nutrition and is conducting energy metabolism research, particularly as it relates to obesity. He has been named an honorary fellow of the American Society of Animal Science, a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Dairy Science Association, and a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.

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