Did you know that the course of your bone health mainly depends on the age of 20? In fact, 90% of maximum bone mass is accumulated by late adolescence. This means investing in your bones must start early.
This fact has inspired Richard Lewis, Ph.D., over the past four decades to study the effects of major modifiable lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity, and body composition) on bone health in children in order to prevent osteoporosis later in life.
I was honored to recently meet my mentor Lewis to understand what this year’s National Nutrition Month theme means to him after his 40+ year career in nutrition.
Lewis is one of the University of Georgia’s most popular nutrition professors and prolific researchers. He was my doctoral supervisor at the UGA, where I did my doctorate. in food and nutrition. After making invaluable contributions to research, teaching, service, public health and sports nutrition, Lewis retired in 2020 and now held the prestigious title of Professor Emeritus of the UGA Foundation.
During his career, Lewis has received $ 10 million in research grants and published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters. In addition to making important contributions to the prevention of obesity in children, Lewis’ research focused on the effects of micronutrients and macronutrients (particularly vitamin D, zinc and protein) and on the development of pediatric bone for osteoporosis reduction in adulthood. Over the decades, Lewis also directed a number of outreach activities focused on osteoporosis and obesity prevention.
Lewis and I recently met to talk about National Nutrition Month and the importance of personalized nutrition, as well as his own approach to eating and the local vegetables he fills his plate with.