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Wellness & Longevity focus at Camp Foster

Date Posted: 2005-08-17

Are you interested in optimizing your health and living a long life free of disease? Do you know what to do and what not to do to achieve these life goals?

A large body of scientific research shows that, given the right lifestyle, most people can achieve wellness and longevity. In fact, more than 80% of chronic diseases and an estimated 70% of all deaths are related to poor lifestyle choices. Wellness and longevity—for the most part—is a matter of making healthy lifestyle choices.

Want to learn more? The Wellness Teaching Center, a new health facility just outside Kadena Gate#5, is sponsoring a one-day Wellness & Longevity Symposium on September 17th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Globe & Anchor Club on Camp Foster. The goals of the seminar are (1) to educate attendees about the principles of a “wellness lifestyle” and (2) show them that, regardless of genetics, most people can achieve longevity. The theme of the seminar is “Disease is Expensive; Wellness is Inexpensive—Catch it!”

Speakers will be drawn from a distinguish panel of medical professionals. According to the event’s co-organizer, Dr. Bert Griffith, each speaker brings impressive credentials in medical practice, research and community service. For example, Dr. David Itokazu, a well-respected physician and gerontology researcher, will discuss the Okinawa Lifestyle—one that distinguishes Okinawans as some of the longest lived people on earth! Another speaker, Dr. Yasuo Nakahara, a surgeon who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine, will speak about the management of low back pain. Dr. Takemitsu Jahana, an internal medicine specialist with training in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona, will join Dr. Nakahara in discussing the integrative approaches to treating common chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

There will be a lecture on practical tips for modifying unhealthy behaviors to be delivered by Maj. Sam Blanchard, Director of Kadena Family Support Center. Registered Dietitian, LCDR Gail Strong, will talk about Nutrition for a Lifetime. Attendees will also learn about how and where to shop for traditional Okinawan foods. Other health topics will include Yoga to help beat stress, improve flexibility and immune function.

A massage therapist will be on hand to treat attendees to 5-minute free massages, with the option to sign up for 1-hour massages offered at the Wellness Teaching Center. Additionally, free blood pressure measurement will also be available on request.

Finally, attendees will have a chance to win fabulous door prizes. The Wellness & Longevity Symposium will cost $50 or ¥5000, which includes snacks and beverages throughout the day. For more information and to sign up for the symposium, please call the Wellness Teaching Center at 931-0910.

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