Date: April 14, 2005
CONTACT: Julie Toland,

LUBBOCK – The nationwide decline in the intake of nutrient-rich foods has health consequences for everyone, and particularly for the aging population, said Katherine Chauncey, Ph.D., a registered dietitian with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Chauncey, associate professor and nutritionist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, will present “Nutritional Issues and Concerns in Aging” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 27) at the Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St.

The presentation, which is free and open to the community, will take place in the Health Sciences Center Academic Classroom Building, Room 150.

Topics of discussion will include the changing paradigms in nutrition; recommendations for vitamin and mineral supplements; and Medicare coverage for medical nutrition therapy.

“The quality of our diet is important throughout life, but as we get older, a majority of people have to reduce calorie intake in order to prevent excess weight gain,” Chauncey said. “When quantity of food is reduced, the quality becomes that much more important.”

Chauncey is the author of “Low-Carb Dieting for Dummies,” which discusses a healthy low-carbohydrate diet plan. The plan is based on a Whole Foods Weight Loss Diet that she wrote for family medicine clinics more than six years ago.

The presentation is part of the “Lecture Series on Healthy Aging,” a program of the Garrison Institute on Aging. Attendees should park in area D2 of the Health Sciences Center parking lot. For more information about the series, contact the Garrison Institute on Aging at (806) 743-3610, or contact Annette Boles at