Aging and Muscle Loss: Too Young to Worry? Think Again!

Speakers: Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, LD, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Nutrition in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Clinical Assistant Professor and Nutritional Sciences B.S. Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Moderator: Matt Pikosky, PhD, RD, Vice President, Nutrition Marketing & Affairs, National Dairy Council

Learning Objectives

  1. Reposition sarcopenia in the minds of health professionals from a condition that impacts older Americans to a progressive syndrome that can start much earlier in life
  2. Leverage the latest research on sarcopenia and muscle maintenance to elevate the importance of proper exercise and protein intake among middle-aged Americans
  3. Review the gradual domino-effect decline in health that accompanies muscle loss: beginning with the loss of strength, through the loss of physical function and declines in performing activities of daily living and quality of life, to an increased risk of mortality
  4. Identify the best dietary and exercise approaches for middle-aged Americans to adopt in order to maintain muscle and reduce their risk for sarcopenia.