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Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference helps bring in New Year

December 22, 2006

MESA, Ariz. - The Arizona State University departments of Exercise and Wellness and Nutrition will host the second annual Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference, February 1-2, 2007. The conference is designed to bridge the links between physical activity, nutrition and wellness, with the goal to translate research and practice into skills for building healthy lifestyles.

The conference will explore the latest developments in research and discuss how these findings are disseminated into community settings. It also will highlight innovative programs aimed at improving healthy lifestyle practices by bringing together key stakeholders including researchers, policy makers, program planners and individuals who are working directly with the community.

“This conference is ideal for college students, health care professionals, health and wellness coordinators, public health professionals, and community leaders who are interested in the linkages between physical activity, nutrition, health and wellness, and in promoting active living and healthful eating,” says Barbara Ainsworth, ASU exercise and wellness professor.

The keynote speaker Dr. Steven Blair will address Physical Inactivity as a Major Public Health Problem in the 21st Century.

Featured speakers will share their research about:

  • Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship, Dr. Anna Schwartz, ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovations,
  • Nutrition and Weight Control Among Cancer Survivors, Dr. Cynthia Thompson, University of Arizona Cancer Center, and
  • The Role of Sleep on Health and Wellness, Dr. Carol Baldwin, ASU College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovations.

Additional speakers will update participants about new physical activity and nutrition research, Arizona policies for healthy eating and active living, and public health promotion activities; share innovations in wellness; and highlight community health promotion activities in multiethnic communities in Arizona.

The conference will be held on ASU’s Polytechnic campus in the Student Union, Cooley Ballroom. Seating is limited and conference registration is required. For registration and research poster submission information, visit or call Cindy Hardy at (480) 727-1945.