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Protein and Healthy Aging: New York Physicians Learn Current Recommendations

Rochelle Gilman | October 22, 2019

Contact: Rochelle Gilman, RD, Director of Nutrition & Health, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-238-0944

Physicians in Buffalo, New York, engaged with speaker Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones and checkoff staff, to learn protein’s important role to support healthy aging.

The Beef Checkoff hosted an engaging dinner seminar for influential health professionals practicing in the metropolitan area of Buffalo, New York. The evening event was hosted at The Buffalo Club on Thursday, September 19, where twenty health influencers attended and gained valuable information from researcher Douglas Paddon-Jones, Ph.D., FACSM, through his presentation titled Protein & Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Rethink Current Recommendations? Attendees included a mixed group of registered nurses and physicians practicing internal, family and rehab medicine, neurology and urology, along with additional health professional staff.

The evening began with a warm welcome from checkoff and beef council staff, which led to sharing the latest research suggesting patients consume a moderate amount of protein at three meals each day to support healthy aging, positively influencing muscle growth, muscle repair and weight management.1 Dr. Paddon-Jones reviewed the evidence and offered insights on muscle strength and healthy aging. As a Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Paddon-Jones has extensive background and history in researching the positive effects lean beef has on muscle protein synthesis. He is a recipient of the Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid Research and has published numerous papers on exercise, nutrition, the sarcopenia of aging and the physiology of physical activity.

After enjoying a delicious beef dinner, attendees engaged in a round table discussion to address their questions about current protein recommendations and how to combat sarcopenia in their patients. Dr. Andrew Ang, Geriatric and Internal Medicine Physician, commented, “Thank you for hosting this event. The session was very helpful and provided me with useful information to help my patients who ask about plant-based diets. I did not realize meat had such nutritional value.”

This event served as a great opportunity to engage with a group of influential health professionals who have the advantage of advocating for beef in their patients’ diets. Staff was able to share nutrition research about the importance of beef in a healthy dietary pattern. “It was refreshing to see how engaged the physicians were with the content and speaker,” commented Rochelle Gilman, RD, Director of Nutrition and Health for the Iowa Beef Industry Council. “This event is a great example of why investing checkoff dollars through health professional outreach in highly populated cities and states helps to increase the knowledge of beef’s nutrition and role in healthy diets.”

This event was made possible by the Iowa Beef Industry Council through funding to the beef checkoff’s Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative Program, and with assistance from the New York Beef Council.  For more information on the checkoff’s involvement, visit the NEBPI website or

1. Symons TB, Sheffield-Moore M, Mamerow MM, Wolfe RR, Paddon-JonesD. The anabolic response to resistance exercise and a protein rich meal is not diminished by age. J Nutr Health Aging. 2011;15(5):376-381


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council: The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit