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Nestle Launches New Research Program on the Specific Nutritional Needs of Athletes
Date:12/4/2008

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the findings of its 5th International Nutrition Symposium, which explored scientific advances in nutrition and its importance in elite physical performance, Nestle has launched a new research program on the specific nutritional needs of athletes engaged in different kinds of sports. The program will provide data to help support a more personalized approach to sports nutrition in the future, which should lead to a new generation of personalized sports nutrition products for leading, and aspiring athletes.

"The new research program further strengthens Nestle's commitment to promoting sporting integrity through nutrition," said Richard Laube, Nestle Nutrition CEO. "Since 2004, we have sponsored nutrition-focused international symposia that address consumer needs, ranging from weight management, healthy recovery, and now helping athletes optimize performance."

At a special conference for the media, Nestle announced the key research findings from the 2008 International Nutrition Symposium and provided a forum for discussion. Among the findings:

    -- A good diet has a much greater potential than previously recognized to
       improve physical performance;
    -- Exercise/physical activity is highly beneficial to human health at all
       ages; inactivity is devastating to human health at all ages;
    -- Muscle development and degradation are active processes; muscle cell
       requires stimulation -- use it or lose it;
         -- Muscle metabolism is, in part, mediated by nuclear receptors
         -- Exercise turns the nuclear receptors on -- and drugs targeting
            these receptors mimic exercise in animal models
    -- Nutritional status and exercise are critical to build and retain bones
       through life
    -- Nutrition can enhance the benefits of exercise, but, its ability to
       prevent the damage of inactivity is limited.

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