In Case You Missed It: Our Community, Our Health – Healthy Aging: Lifestyle-Based Interventions

Pictures of the Panelists for the OCOH Town Hall on Healthy Aging -Evidence Based Lifestyle Interventions

On Jan 27th, 2019, UF HealthStreet hosted a town hall meeting on healthy aging and the kinds of evidence-based lifestyle interventions that support and enhance the aging process.

The interactive forum was livestreamed, allowing both in-person and online audience members to have their questions answered by the panel of experts.

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The panel included:

  • Stephen Anton, Ph.D., division chief of clinical research in the UF College of Medicine’s department of aging and geriatric research
  • Betty Flagg, administrator of community outreach and healthy aging at Elder Options
  • Kieran Reid, Ph.D., M.P.H., Scientist II in the nutrition, exercise physiology, and sarcopenia lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University

The moderator was Marco Pahor, M.D., director of the UF Institute on Aging and founding chair of the UF College of Medicine’s department of aging and geriatric research.

Dr. Pahor provided one of the key takeaways of the night:

“When it comes to exercise, doing a little makes a huge difference versus doing nothing.” – Dr. Marco Pahor

Some of the questions the audience asked during the forum include:

  • “Are there any known negative consequences to intermittent fasting?”
  • “How long must you do calorie restriction before you experience the benefits? Months? Years?”
  • “What times are the ‘feeding’ times?”
  • “Does drinking coffee count as breaking your fast?”
  • “Are ketogenic diets good cancer treatments?”

Watch the livestream to hear how the panelists answered.

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The following infographic summarizes some of the insights from our panelists’ research.

Insights from: OCOH - Our Community, Our Health; Healthy Aging: Lifestyle-based Interventions; IT TAKES 7 MINUTES A DAY: Research shows it takes as little as 7 minutes a day of exercise to prevent disability. LONG-TERM CARE STARTS NOW: By making a long-term care plan now, you can help yourself and your family lead healthy lives. LEADING HEALTHY LIVES: There are community programs available that can provide guidance on how to incorporate nutrition and exercise into your busy life. WE ARE LIVING LONGER: By 2050, our nation's elderly population will double to 88 million. The number of people over age 85 will quadruple. APPLIED HEALTH RESEARCH: Applied health research can help us understand how we age as a community. Watch the recorded livestream at
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To hear specific insights from our forum, please watch the recorded livestream.

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