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Food Intake of Kansans Over 80 Years of Age Attending Congregate Meal Sites

Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Idaho State University, 921 S. 8th Ave STOP 8109, Pocatello, ID 83209, USA
Department of Human Nutrition, Kansas State University, 206 Justin Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Nutrients 2010, 2(12), 1297-1307;
Received: 2 November 2010 / Revised: 9 December 2010 / Accepted: 17 December 2010 / Published: 20 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition and Aging)
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As the population of the United States continues to age, it has become increasingly more important to recognize the food intake and eating habits of older adults. The objective of this study was to describe the food group intake, factors predicting food group intake, and the food choices of community-dwelling Kansans, 80 years of age and older who participate in congregate meal programs. Participants completed a short questionnaire querying demographic information, current health status, and dietary supplement use. Participants (n = 113) were then followed up via telephone to complete two 24-hour diet recalls. Data were analyzed to determine adequacy of food group intake and mean intake. Regression analyses were used to determine factors predicting intake and frequency analysis established food typically consumed. Female participants were significantly more likely to consume more fruit servings than males. Intake was low for all five of the food groups, especially dairy. Chronic health conditions and dietary supplement use were consistently predictive factors of the amount of each food group consumed. View Full-Text
Keywords: elderly; dietary intake; Modified MyPyramid elderly; dietary intake; Modified MyPyramid
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Weeden, A.M.; Remig, V.M. Food Intake of Kansans Over 80 Years of Age Attending Congregate Meal Sites. Nutrients 2010, 2, 1297-1307.

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