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Technology Connecting Older Adults with Medical Experts Could Improve Weight Loss

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A Patient participating in WVU's telenutrition program.

Researchers at WVU are working with 13 other universities to find out how food security and lifestyle choices affect an individual’s health.

WVU assistant professor of nutrition and foods Melissa Marra studied a telenutrition project in Harrison County.  The project assessed the use of telenutrition for weight loss and improved diets from middle- aged to older men, according to a news release from WVU.

Telenutrition uses various technology platforms such as Skype or Facetime, to deliver nutrition care directly without patients having to leave home.

The results of Marra’s study showed that 70 percent of patients in the study group lost at least 5 percent of their body weight compared to 40 percent in a control group.

The team of scientists from the group will present their findings during a special symposium as part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics from July 23-27 in San Francisco.

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