The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between nutrition intake status, nutritional condition and physical fitness in elderly women. One hundred-seventy seven community-dwelling healthy elderly people (age=68.7±5.0 years) were measured for physical activity, diet, physical fitness, biochemical parameters, and body composition. There were no significant differences between the 60-69 year-old group and the 70+ year-old group in nutrition intake and nutritional condition, which were higher than the national average in each age. Both nutrition intake and blood data satisfied an age standard level, and all subjects were in good nutritional condition. There was a significant positive correlation between protein intake and energy consumption (p<0.05, r=0.17, n=170). There was no significant correlation between energy intake and physical fitness score (r=0.08, n=131). However, there was significant correlation between protein intake (p<0.05, r=0.21, n=131), fat intake (p<0.01, r=0.25, n=131) and physical fitness score. A significant correlation was obtained among total cholesterol concentration (p<0.05, r=0.21, n=147), hemoglobin concentration (p<0.01, r=0.25, n=167), and energy consumption. On the other hand, there were no significant correlations between serum albumin and physical fitness elements. These results suggest that nutrition intake might be correlated with physical fitness in community-dwelling healthy elderly people.
2006 Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences