Saturday, February 21, 2009

Talking Sports Nutrition at University of Akron with Lonnie Lowery

Every time I fly on a plane, I get this song stuck in my head: "I'm leaving, on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again.."

Well, except, in this case, I know when I'll be back.

Tomorrow, I'm flying to Ohio to speak at the University of Akron's sports nutrition event, on Monday Feb 23rd, entitled "New Directions in Sports Nutrition" . I'll be back Monday night.

I was invited by Lonnie Lowery, PhD, RD, who's a good friend and great colleague. I've known Lonnie now for 7 years (we met at Sports Nutrition Event in Chicago in 2002), and discovered we both have a secret love for the science of dietary fats. I guess it's not so secret anymore..... :)

The title of my talk is "Food, Exercise and Your Period". I'm touching on the serious and widespread condition known as the Female Athlete Triad. In my talk, I'm bringing more attention to the fact that athletic menstrual disturbances affect more than 5% of college women, with most of those women being college athletes.

The reason why menstrual problems are such a problem is because they are a sign of low estrogen, excess stress and energy deficiency. These issues then lead to other more serious problems such as low bone mass, increased risk of cardiovascular problems, and clinical eating disorders. All of these things are not what any woman needs, athlete or non-athlete.

Thus, making more women aware of this cluster of metabolic disturbances will help them to prevent it. And, it is highly preventable with an energy sustaining diet and proper stress management.

For more information on this topic, please visit this great site: The Female Athlete Triad Coalition

Also, if any of you are in the Akron area, try to attend the event if you can. It's on a Monday from 8 to 5pm on the UAkron campus.

Have a great week!


Jaya said...

When I heard that you were speaking at this event, I thought I would be a fool for passing up the opportunity to meet you and Lonnie. Sadly, I can't get out of writing 2 exams, but I wish you all the best on your talk and would be really interested to hear more on this topic.

Homeopath said...

Interesting blog......

Cheryl said...

Thank you SO much for posting this! I totally agree with you that more info needs to be spread about this to both athletes and non-athletes. I developed secondary athletic-induced amenorrhea after I started training for my first marathon in 2006 and after I stopped taking oral contraceptives. I was happy at first until I started learning the dangers associated with it. Now I have to have a nuclear bone density scan and so the docs can see if I may already be a candidate for osteoporosis - at only 35 years old :( I've incorporated strength training in my physical training for the past 2 decades so hopefully that has helped me maintain some bone density - but I truly hope more women understand that just a small misstep in nutritional calculations during figure training or endurance training can lead you down a road to the serious health conditions you touched upon. Thank you!!!!

Mike T Nelson said...

Nice! I am sure it will be a killer talk and be sure to tell Lonnie I said "what up"

Rock on
Mike T Nelson