On August 23rd in Washington DC, I had the honor of sharing my perspective entitled: How Web and Mobile Technologies Are Changing Nutrition Education at the Perspectives on Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit hosted by the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging. Click below to view a clip of my speech:
I want to thank the National Aging Network for bringing us together to discuss our different ideas and to find ways that we can collectively work to improve senior nutrition services in this country and work to end senior hunger.
I also want to thank the hardworking staff at the National Resource Center for making us feel welcome and for making sure the entire event went off without a hitch. They certainly are a dedicated team!
If you missed the conference, you can review highlights on Twitter: #nutritiondc2012.
I was also joined by Dietetic Intern, Charmaine Jones. Here is her perspective of the historic day:
Late last month, I joined ShopWell’s Head Dietitian, Marci Harnischfeger MS RD at the Perspectives of Nutrition and Aging: A National Summit where the Administration of Aging was celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Older Americans Act nutrition programs. The summit began with an extraordinary video on the history of federal nutrition programs that provides hot and nutritious meals to millions of older adults across America such as the Meals of Wheels Association of America. A broad array of dynamic speakers such as Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Dr. David L. Katz, Director and Co-Founder Yale Prevention Research Center, and other panelists spoke about their perspectives on how to improve the health of older Americans.
Technology is rapidly changing the ways of health care. Older adults can obtain simple and easy to understand health and nutrition information right from their personal computers or smartphones. In her speech, Marci stated that “people 65 years and older spend over 3 hours a day surfing the internet.” “Out of 13,000 apps on a smartphone; 2,000 of them focus on nutrition and health education," stated David Lindeman, Director of Center for Technology and Aging. With technology, seniors will have the opportunity to engage in selecting foods that help meet their nutrient needs.