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LLU to host International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research symposium

Staying regularly active may reduce the risk of many diseases including breast cancer, colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Physical activity also helps maintain a healthy body weight and reduces the likelihood of older adults falling. Yet more than 51 percent of California women do not get enough physical activity. The same goes for nearly 49 percent of California men, according to recent CDC data. This problem reaches beyond California and the United States. Globally, inactivity leads to 1.9 million deaths, the World Health Organization estimates.

In an effort to help reverse the negative impact of physical inactivity and poor eating habits, Loma Linda University will host fitness and nutrition experts for the 25th symposium of the International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research, to be held on campus September 2 through 4.

The symposium will offer the latest scientific advances on how physical activity and nutrition affect health. Researchers, academicians, and practitioners from Europe, Australia, and the United States will discuss a wide range of topics including:

• Strategies for increasing physical activity in entire communities

• Is childhood a window of opportunity for osteoporosis prevention?

• Eating disorders in sports, and

• Long-term weight loss and chronic disease.

The three-day conference is open to the public. Eighteen hours of continuing education credit will be available for physicians, registered nurses, certified health educators, and registered dietitians.

For more information about the schedule and presenters, visit <www. PhysicalActivitySymposium.org>.

To register for the conference, call (909) 558-4595. The cost of the three-day event is $450. A single day costs $250. Students and post-doctoral fellows pay just $225 for all three days.

The International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research goes back to 1964 in Tokyo, Japan, when an international group of researchers founded the organization under its first name, the International Committee for the Standardization of Physical Fitness Tests.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, July 28, 2008