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Live Long and Prosper: Optimal Nutrition for Today's Aging Realities

Aired September 12, 2012

This webinar reviews the benefits of nutrition in health promotion, risk reduction & disease management of older Americans; outlines federal/community food & nutrition programs available for older adults; describes access issues and opportunities to promote healthful aging & optimal nutrition status; identifies strategies to integrate food/nutrition programs and services into home and community settings; help older adults meet nutrition needs following hospitalization by adding nutrition into discharge planning and transition care.


Nancy Wellman, PhD, RD
Adjunct Professor, Tufts University
Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy
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Nancy S. Wellman, PhD, RD, FADA

Dr. Nancy Wellman is an affiliated faculty at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She recently retired as the professor of dietetics and nutrition in the School of Public Health at Florida International University, the public research university in Miami. She is the former director of the National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Aging, <>, which was funded primarily by the US Administration on Aging. Wellman’s areas of nutrition expertise include aging, public policy, nutrition screening, communications, and marketing, as well as consumer education and food labeling.


Registered dietitian Wellman is past president of the 72,000-member Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the nation's largest group of food and nutrition professionals. As one of its first national spokespersons (1982-90), she was regularly in the national press and on TV and radio. During her high profile ADA presidency, the Nutrition Screening Initiative, a national campaign against malnutrition in older adults backed by a coalition of 35 prominent aging organizations, was launched; the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, ADA's public information center, opened; and collaboration with professional and trade associations was strengthened. Dr. Wellman served as national chair of the Nutrition Screening Initiative for its 15-year time-span.


Wellman currently serves on the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Public Information Committee and is an ASN national spokesperson. The ASN Committee focuses on media outreach to reduce consumer confusion about nutrition, healthy food choices and food safety. Wellman serves on the McCormick Science Institute Advisory Council; she chaired the International Food Information Council Foundation Board of Directors for 20 years. She has been on food labeling and aging committees at the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine, and has written for the National Academy Op-Ed Service. She completed appointments on the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Dannon Institute Scientific Council, and US Tennis Association Sport Science Committee. She has testified before US Senate, House of Representatives and FDA Advisory committees.


Recipient of numerous awards, Wellman was recognized as the University-wide Outstanding Faculty in 2006 and was the American Dietetic Association Lenna Francis Cooper Memorial Lecturer in 2005. She holds a doctorate from the University of Miami and a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.











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