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Women at Noon: Nutrition key to health at any age

February 13, 2009

Dietitian Maryam Dadkhah says that in the food-rich environment in which Americans live, self-regulation is a skill we all must acquire. While limiting calorie intake is important, nutrition is paramount. Illness and chronic disease in women are linked to iron deficiency, calcium deficiency, over-eating, and lack of exercise.

 Women's Health & Nutrition

The Kathryn T. Bohannon Women at Noon program presents Women's health at any age with nutrition on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at noon in room 220-22 Lory Student Center.

Maryam Dadkhah, a dietitian at Hartshorn Health Services, will provide women with information that will help them master
healthy eating and nutrition.  

Women are at risk 

According to Dadkha, we know what detracts from women's health and what enhances it.  She urges us to arm ourselves with this knowledge and put it into practice. 

What are women's unique risks and health issues?  Women are at risk of being overweight and obese.  They are also susceptible to anemia, premenstrual syndrome and eating disorders.  Pregnancy and lactation create specific nutrition needs.   

Poor nutrition linked to chronic disease and debilitating conditions 

Failing to be conscious of what we eat and to be mindful of this on a daily basis can increase our susceptibility to cancer, osteoporosis, and iron deficiency.  What do these health issues have in common? They are either unique or more prevalent in women, and they affect current recommendations on what women should eat for optimum health.  

Statistics reveal vast improvements in nutrition needed

  • Among women aged 20 to 74-years-of-age, 62 percent are overweight and 34 percent are obese.
  • 75 percent of women do not have their calcium needs met
  • 90 percent have inadequate folate and vitamin E in their diets
  • Most women have only marginal amounts of iron, vitamin D, and folic acid in their diets

For further information about this program, contact the Office of Women’s Programs and Studies, (970) 491-6384.

Contact: Linda Hefner
Phone: (970) 491-6384