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B2o—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 19,1981
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In 1950,
the average American could ex
pect to live to the age of 68. Today
we anticipate 73 years of life and
by the year 2000 we can expect to
live well into our 80s.
Research has shown that good
nutrition is a major contributor to
health and fitness,” said Hamish
Munro, director of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s
Human Nutrition Center on Aging
at Tufts University in Boston.
Scientists at the center are
studying the relationship of
nutrition to the aging process.
Munro said researchers are
focusing on three primary
questions: Does nutrition influence
the rate of loss of various bodily
functions as people grow older?
Does nutrition influence the
development of chronic disabilities
associated with aging? And, what
are the nutritional needs of older
Much of the nation’s health care
and social services are directed at
diseases associated with aging.
“The elderly as a group use
health resources to a greater
best way to store lettuce
seeds is to dry them to
less than 7 percent
moisture, seal them in
tainers that exclude
oxygen, and then freeze
them at 10 - degrees
Fahrenheit, said plant
physiologist Louis N.
Bass with U.S.
ural Research Service,
Fort Collins, Colo.
Bass, Director of the
National Seed Storage
Laboratory on the
recently addressed the
73rd annual meeting of
the American Society of
Science Society of
America, and Soil
Science Society of
Lettuce seeds are one
of the most difficult of
all U.S. agricultural
crop seeds to store by
care, more than mere
storage in temperature
rooms, must be used to
“Just drying lettuce
seeds to less than 7
percent moisture and
sealing them in
cans extends storage
time up to 3 years
compared to 2 years for
seeds stored in paper
bags at room tem
perature,” said Bass.
By freezing at 30
lettuce seeds in sealed
cans still germinated
after 8 years. Dropping
the temperature to 10
degrees further ex
tended storage to 20
Bass cooperated with
CSU graduate student
Lmdy Seip and ARS
plant physiologist Eric
R. Roos on the study.
USDA probes role of nutrition in aging
extent than other adults. In 1977,
their personal health care ex
penditures amounted to $41.3
billion, about 28 percent of the total
for all Americans. Sixty-seven
percent of the cost of health care
for adults over 65 was financed by
public funds,” Munro said.
A $3O million nutrition research
center where problems related to
the aging process will be studied is
under construction, with com
pletion expected during 1982.
The building site is adjacent to
Tufts University dental, medical
and veterinary schools and the
New England Medical Center.
USDA’s Agricultural Research
Service, Tufts University, and the
National Institute on Aging will
cooperate in the research to be
“Not "only will nutrient
requirements of the aging be in
vestigated, but also the ways in
which an optimal diet, in com
bination with other factors—
psychological, sociological and
environmental may contribute
to health and vigor over the
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Housing for human subjects in
the center will be fully equipped to
study the nutrient needs of adults.
There will be a laboratory for
testing physiological functions as
well as equipment for studying
metabolism and body composition.
While the center is under con
struction, a limited research
program is underway. A study is
being made to determine the
nutritional status of the elderly.
About 400 human volunteers in the
Boston area are being evaluated.
One area of research concerns
osteoporosis, or loss of bone
calcium, winch occurs frequently
m older adults, especially older
women. Scientists at the center are
studying the specific relationship
of diet to the loss of calcium in the
skeltons of menopausal women.
Other scientists are looking at
protein and energy metabolism in
aging humans to determine the
significance of protein in main
taining tissue functions as aging
Studies have been made on the
rqgtaholism of albumin, a blood
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subjects receiving different levels
of dietary protein. Other studies
have looked at the role of muscle in
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HARRISBURG - Rep. Noah W.
Wenger today reminded Penn
sylvania citizens of special rules
and regulations on snowmobiles.
“In Pennsylvania you must
register if you wish to operate your
snowmobile on property other than
your own,” he said.
“If you ride on state-owned land
or on local roadways you must
register or face a possible f ine. ”
Rep. Wenger said first-time
snowmobilers can apply for
registration by contacting the
Snowmobile Unit, a part of the
Department of Environmental
Resources. Most snowmobile
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“For the individual, the
deterioration of health that often
comes with advancing years
greatly, affects, if it does not dic
tate, the quality of life. I expect the
prognosis to greatly improve over
the coming years,” Munro said.
dealers and notaries also have the
Citizens with questions about
various aspects of snowmobiling
should dial these numbers: safety,
training, trails and grooming, 717-
787-2014; dealer orders, safety
training supplies and film
scheduling, 717-783-9226; general
Wenger urged snowmobile en
thusiasts to use designated trails.
“According to DER statistics,
over the last four snowmobile
seasons only 10 percent of the
snowmobile accidents have oc
curred on designated trails and
roads,” Wenger said.
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