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Lifestyles symposium now offered at Camp Hansen

Date Posted: 2005-12-01

Just in time for the holiday season, health and wellness specialists are offering a one-day symposium on how to optimize your health and achieve a healthy, longer life.

The Wellness Teaching Center is co-sponsoring the one-day Wellness & Longevity Symposium Saturday at the Palms Club on Camp Hansen. The session runs 9am to 5pm, with goals of informing attendees about principles of a wellness lifestyle, and to emphasize the most people can achieve longevity through successful aging.

The seminar theme is ‘Disease is Expensive; Wellness is Inexpensive—Catch It!’ Organizers say most people have no idea on what to do, and not do, to achieve life wellness goals. They point out that much research shows that given the right lifestyle, most individuals can achieve a long and healthy life. An often cited fact is that more than 80% of chronic diseases, and an estimated 70% of all deaths, relate back to poor lifestyle choices.

The goal of making healthy lifestyle choices is paramount in the mind of keynote speaker Dr. Craig Wilcox, a world-renowned longevity and gernontology researcher. He will focus on unique aspects of the Okinawa lifestyle, and a people known to be among the longest lived people on earth. Wilcox will share the stage with a distinguished panel of medical and fitness professionals.

Co-organizer Dr. David Itokazu, a physician and himself a gerontology researcher, says attendees will learn about using and shopping for Okinawa foods.

Physiologist and fitness expert Dave Elger will promote walking as a low-impact, but effective way to lose weight. He says the byproducts of walking are reducted blood pressure and stress, lower blood sugars for diabetics, and reductions in obesity. Five-minute free massages will expose participants to yet another element to good health, and free blood pressure measurements will be offered.

Itokazu and Willcox, who are expecting about 100 to attend, say there will be door prizes offered. The Symposium is $50 or Y5,000, and includes fruits, snacks and beverages throughout the day. Call the Wellness Teaching Center, 931-0910, to make reservations.

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