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14 Jul 2004
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Launch of Nutrition Booklet

The International Olympic Committee and its Medical Commission have launched "Nutrition for Athletes", a practical guide to eating for health and performance. The guide was prepared by the Medical Commission’s Nutrition Working Group and is based on the International Consensus Conference held at the IOC in Lausanne in June 2003. Coca Cola, an IOC TOP sponsor, has designated Powerade as the IOC’s promotional partner for the booklet.


Informed choices

The “Nutrition for Athletes” booklet contains information that can help athletes to make informed choices to meet their nutritional needs in different situations. It is no substitute for individual advice from a qualified professional, but tries to give practical information that will be of use to the athlete.


Consensus statement

The booklet has a final summary in the form of the “IOC Consensus Statement on Sports Nutrition 2003”, in which it underlines that “good nutritional practice will help athletes train hard, recover quickly and adapt more effectively with less risk of illness and injury”.


Some cautions

The statement warns athletes against the dangers as to the indiscriminate use of dietary supplements. It further underlines: “There can be no guarantee of the purity of any commercial supplements. The only way to be sure is to avoid supplements altogether.”


Practical tips

The booklet, laid out in an attractive way, allows the athletes to find easy, practical tips, such as: “How to estimate your sweating rate”, “Ideas for post-exercise recovery snacks” and “Strategies for high energy eating”.


Powerade as promotional partner

Powerade is the IOC Medical Commission’s partner for this publication and is helping to promote the information to athletes of all levels in a worldwide campaign. Powerade was developed by the Coca Cola Company, a TOP sponsor of the IOC, to help athletes perform at their best for longer, thanks to its formulation, which can help delay the onset of fatigue during exercise and prevent dehydration.

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