FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2002
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
carol.anderson@emich.edu
734.487.4400

EMU SEMINAR EXAMINES BENEFITS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

YPSILANTI – Seven senior ballroom dancing couples will be twirling around the floor and a 92-year-old will be demonstrating various exercises during EMU’s “The Ulyssean Journey: Setting a Life Course for Wellness,” Tuesday, March 26, 7-10 p.m. at McKenny Union Ballroom. The events are part of Eastern Michigan University’s wellness planning seminar, which is free and open to the public.

“Research is indicating that those who begin healthy nutrition and exercise habits early in life have a greater chance of aging well,” said Elizabeth Schuster, director of EMU’s Gerontology Program.

Presentations will focus on the current and projected overall wellness of adults as they age into the 21st century.

“One can start any time and adopt a healthier lifestyle,” said speaker Judi Brooks, coordinator of EMU’s human nutrition and dietetics program. “It’s never too late, nor is it too early.”

Brooks’ session “Experiencing Nutrition in a Journey from Plate to Palate,” will look at important nutrients that are especially important in mid and late life.

Special features of the program will include cooking and physical activity demonstrations featuring elder performers and audience participation. There also will be door prizes and a reception featuring healthy foods prepared during the program.

Other program sessions are “Incorporating Meaningful Fitness Activities into Leisure” and “Fitness and Quality of Life: How Exercise Impacts Daily Living.”

For more information, contact the Gerontology Program at 734.487.1361.

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