The NSS - MMARS Space Health and Diet Contest is aimed at addressing the known health barriers to space flight with food, diet, and even different eating patterns like intermittent fasting. Research conducted by NASA has revealed specific genetic, nutritional, and environmental factors bearing on these health issues. Accordingly, contestants are asked to submit a pre-flight diet, food, and intermittent fasting plan to address insulin resistance, one of the factors identified by NASA, and estimated to affect up to 88% of the population in countries dominated by high carbohydrate low fat eating patterns, aka the “SAD diet.” This space forum will feature the 1st and 2nd place winners who will be presenting their papers:
• Zsuzsanna Benyo, 1st Place Winner - “IF is not an “if”, but a MUST with Ketogenic-Mediterranean Diet to safeguard astronauts in deep-space missions”
• Katarina Heyden, 2nd Place Winner - “A Balanced, Plant-Rich, and Time-Restricted Diet to Minimize Health Risks from Space and Improve Metabolic Health”
NSS is also pleased to introduce the session with a presentation from Dr. Afshin Beheshti, KBR-NASA Ames Research Center Contracting Scientist, who will present “Mitochondrial Studies to Identify Prevention and Countermeasures to Space Flight Injury.”
The program will also feature comments and introductions from Lynne Zelinski, NSS Vice President of Education and Outreach and NSS Board of Directors; Bill Gardiner, NSS Space Health and Medicine Committee Chair, Loretta Hall, NSS Space Ambassador; Jerry McLaughlin, NSS Membership Committee; and Susan Ip-Jewell, MMARS Analog Missions.
This space forum complements the session from 28 Oct on Space Farming and takes a look beyond the technical factors that will define long-duration space flight. Don’t miss these informative presentations from two talented students and a NASA scientist who are studying these issues.