Janet Pritchard, Assistant Professor

School of Interdisciplinary Science
McMaster University

Assessing dietary intake of protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids using a new muscle-health focused food frequency questionnaire (FFQ).

This presentation will: 1) provide an overview of current dietary assessment tools for nutrients that are important for muscle health, 2) describe the relevance of protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids to muscle health in older adults, 3) explain how a new food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) that assesses dietary protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids was developed, and 4) describe the FFQ validation methods, results and future directions.Janet

Speaker/Chair Bio:

Janet Pritchard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Science at McMaster University. She is a teaching stream faculty member who teaches undergraduate courses in nutrition, epidemiology and physiology, and has a small research program focused on optimizing nutrition in older adults to preserve musculoskeletal health and prevent sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Dr. Pritchard completed a PhD in Medical Sciences at McMaster University and a post-doctoral fellowship with the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre (Hamilton Health Sciences).