During National Nutrition Month, the Alliance for Aging Research has partnered with Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science to release three animated “pocket films” that explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging.

The films offer an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to nutrition that both consumers and health educators can take with them anywhere on their smartphone or tablet.

“We are pleased to release these films during National Nutrition Month as a way to educate seniors, and consumers of all ages, about how good nutrition can help them maintain and improve their health, add vitality to their years, and potentially reduce their risk of disease,” said Alliance Vice President of Health Programs Lindsay Clarke.

The films look at nutrition in three parts: nutrition and the process of aging, essential nutrients and safely turning to supplements, and improving cardiovascular health with nutrition.

The films cover a number of topics, including:

  • The biological processes of aging and the importance of nutrition in promoting healthy aging
  • An overview of essential and non-essential nutrients
  • What the latest research tells us about bioactive compounds such as carotenoids, phytosterols, and flavanols and how they may improve aspects of health
  • When and how to consider and choose dietary supplements
  • Advances in nutrition and cardiovascular health

“We are very excited by this collaboration with the Alliance for Aging Research and the launch of these educational films, “explains Daniella Foster, Director of Science Communications and Corporate Affairs, Mars Symbioscience.

“We have spent more than two decades committed to pioneering innovative fundamental nutrition research to maintain and improve human health.  These films offer an engaging, consumer-friendly way to do just that.”

The films, along with additional resources about nutrition, are available for viewing here and for direct download here.