NUTRITION CONFERENCE FOR THE PROMOTION OF HEALTHY AGING

EXPERTS AGREED THAT EATING WELL THROUGHOUT LIFE IS FUNDAMENTAL TO REACH OLD AGE ENJOYING A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE.



June 17, 2016

How to reach old age with a healthy body in order to keep a good quality of life was the dilemma raised in the First Updating Conference on Nutrition and Food, which brought together specialists called by the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The activity took place in the Auditorium of the Department of Economics and Business (FEN), gathering a large number of participants, including students, academics and professionals.

About the topic of the Conference, the Director of the School, Mónica Jiménez, said that there should be concern in society, given the remarkable increase in life expectancy. "We know that healthy food and nutrition are part of the quality of life from birth to death, it is a tremendously important issue that keeps the functionality and overall health of older people," she said. The professor added that the relevance of the problem led the University to develop, since a number of years, an interdisciplinary research program on healthy aging.

The director of the Chilean Nutrition Society and professor of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) of the University of Chile, Sylvia Cruchet, also talked, and she emphasized that "older adults are reaching more than 90 years of age and we need them to have a good quality of life". In her opinion, elders should be people capable of thinking, working, studying, and well inserted in society. "That is the idea of getting to that age, otherwise, why being old?" she said.

Cruchet proposed to keep holding this kind of conferences as a means of sharing information, which in her opinion should not be centralized in Santiago. "The Universidad de Talca also has all the capabilities to organize any activity," she said.

“Healthy Eating in Today's Society” was the talk given by the director of the School of Nutrition, form  the Universidad Finis Terrae, and vice president of the Chilean Nutrition Society, Oscar Castillo, who emphasized the goal of "getting old being able to do more activities and with a better quality of life ".

Castillo said that Chile is not prepared to cope with demographic change. "If we project ourselves into 20 or 30 years from now, we will have a very significant percentage of elders, who have a particular behavior, from the physiological and diseases point of view. Therefore, if we are not prepared with the proper food and nutrition, diseases resulting from poor diet, like diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancers, are  likely to grow significantly ", he said.

For her part, Fabiola Romero, academic from the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, and host of the Conference, said that it was "an event which had not been held in the Regions and it helped nutritionists and doctors colleagues dedicated to this area to update their knowledge. In addition, renowned speakers attended, giving relief and importance to the activity".



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