For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
At UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions
Nutrition Experts at UMDNJ Sponsor Free Program on Calcium
March is National Nutrition Month
How much calcium is adequate for a healthy diet? Should calcium
intake go beyond drinking a glass of milk every day? Nutrition
experts at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ) are offering a free program to answer these questions
and discuss the connection between calcium consumption and preventive
The "Embrace Life the Healthy Way; Let 3-A-Day Enhance Your
Way" program will take place on Thursday, March 18, from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., in the Food and Nutrition Center at the UMDNJ-School
of Health Related Professions, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains.
This community outreach program is being sponsored by the Dietetic
Internship Program at the UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions
in celebration of National Nutrition Month.
Gerri McKay, associate clinical professor and clinical coordinator
of the Dietetic Internship Program at the UMDNJ-School of Health
Related Professions, said, "Calcium is a vital nutrient for children,
teenagers, adults and seniors. This program is designed to help
participants understand options for incorporating calcium-rich
foods into their meals. While research indicates that calcium
is important for bone health, when combined with exercise, calcium
also can help reduce the risk of hypertension, colon cancer, diabetes
One program registrant will be selected to receive a complementary
nutrition evaluation. The evaluation includes a dietary assessment
that focuses on adequate calcium intake. This computerized analysis
is worth approximately $200.
Faculty and students from the UMDNJ-School of Health Related
Professions will answer questions at nutrition exhibits. During
culinary presentations, they will demonstrate quick and creative
recipes for calcium foods and snacks and provide participants
with samples to taste.
In addition, nutrition experts will discuss facts and misconceptions
about lactose intolerance. Dairy products such as milk, soy and
yogurt will be highlighted in a discussion about managing calcium
intake and planning meals.
Representatives from the American Dietetic Association, National
Medical Association, National Academy of Pediatrics, the National
Academy of Family Physicians, the National Dairy Council and the
American Dairy Association created the "3-A-Day" campaign to increase
consumer awareness and emphasize the importance of calcium intake.
For more information about the program, call Ms. McKay, of the
UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions, at 908-889-2459.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey comprises
the state's only three medical schools, its only dental school,
a graduate school of biomedical sciences, school of health related
professions, school of nursing and a school of public health on
campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New Brunswick, Scotch Plains, Camden
and Stratford. UMDNJ also operates UMDNJ-University Hospital in
Newark and University Behavioral HealthCare. It is affiliated
with more than 200 health care and educational institutions throughout