Good Nutrition Pays Off Down the Road

by Matthew Kadey, MS, RD on Feb 16, 2018

Food for Thought

Is one of your clients a grandma or grandpa who is striving to be fit? Eating well appears to be a key piece of the puzzle, says an investigation published in The Journals of Gerontology. The study found that those who stuck to a higher-quality diet with abundant fruits, vegetables and whole grains throughout adulthood performed better in various measures of physical fitness—including mobility and balance—in their early 60s than those who took less interest in eating healthfully.

Importantly, adults who didn’t improve their diet until later in life also tended to score better in fitness tests. The improvement could prevent incidents like falls, which can contribute to poor aging and shorter lifespans. So, if you want to live long and prosper, make those trips to the supermarket part of your fitness regimen.

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About the Author

Matthew Kadey,  MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award-winning journalist, Canada-based dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer. He has written for dozens of magazines including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Vegetarian Times and Fitness.