Nutrition and Immunity: Evidence at the Intersection of Diet and Health
Immune health and the role nutrition plays is a hot topic and getting hotter. What is the evidence at the intersection of nutrition, immune function and immune impacting factors? This session will examine the evidence on the relationship between diet and nutrients on immune health and applications to dietary guidance for clients/patients. Factors such as aging and frailty, overweight and obesity, and additional co-morbid conditions that impact the body’s immune response will be highlighted.
Planned by the Committee for Lifelong Learning
- Explain the mechanisms and benefits of a well-functioning immune system
- Summarize the evidence of the role of nutrition on immune function and inflammatory responses and predisposition to at-risk groups.
- Apply critical thinking to the evidence to evaluate label claims concerning nutrition and immune health.
- 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision making.
- 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.
- 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
Deepa Handu, PhD, RDN
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Philip Calder, DPhil, RNutr
Head of Human Development & Health; Professor of Nutritional Immunology
University of Southampton
Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD
Senior Scientist & Director Nutritional Immunology Lab JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
Carol Haggans, MS, RD
Scientific and Health Communications Consultant
Office of Dietary Supplements – National Institutes of Health