Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

Cedar Crest College's Inaugural Conference Incorporates Presentations, Workshops and Exhibits by Students and Faculty

Allentown, PA (April 15, 2004) - With unhealthy lifestyles and unbalanced nutrition growing in America, a number of prominent studies have suggested that as many as 50 percent of the deaths in the United States are a result of unhealthy behaviors. It is believed that change of habits - diet, exercise and stress reduction - will result in a significant decrease in the rates of mortality in this country. In response to a national epidemic of decreasing health and well-being, Cedar Crest College hosts the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Conference on Thursday, April 29 through Friday, April, 30. The two-day event unites education, research and experience to explore a vision of health and wellness for the future.

The 1st Annual Health and Wellness Conference incorporates exhibits, posters, music, poetry and art centered on the theme of health and wellness. The conference also includes workshops on healthy relationships, healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. A sampling of research topic presentations includes "Religion, Spirituality and Prayer in Health and Healing," "Approaches to Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases," "Sleep Deprivation and Its Health Consequences" and "Tobacco Use and Female College Students." Workshops will include "Spa Cuisine Made Simple," "Wellness and the Search for Meaning in the Changing American Landscape" and "Body Listening: How Good is Your Hearing?"

"Cedar Crest is tackling the health crisis in America and is working to reverse the unhealthy trends that are plaguing America's young women," says Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, President of Cedar Crest College. "Cedar Crest is using a full arsenal of tools to establish programming that will create a culture of health and wellness. Through our multi-disciplinary approach to health involving students, faculty and staff, we are developing The Health Connection, a campus-wide program to improve mind, body and spirit. It is our objective to give our students what they need to break the cycle of unhealthy behaviors and to develop at Cedar Crest a national research and action model for changing the habits of undergraduate women."

The 1st Annual Health and Wellness Conference continues the College's ongoing commitment to providing students and the greater Lehigh Valley with programs that focus on improving the health and wellness of the community. Since its founding in 1867, Cedar Crest has continually created educational programming, activities and special initiatives that focus on changing these unhealthy habits and reversing the national trend.

The public is invited to attend any of the conference events. A schedule of events follows on the next page. For more information on the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Conference, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



6:30 p.m. Health and Wellness at Cedar Crest College
Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, President of Cedar Crest College

A Vision for the Future
Lawrence Paull Levitt, M.D.
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D.

7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Exhibits, Posters and Music


8:30 a.m. Creating a Culture of Wellness at Cedar Crest
Cynthia Metzler, Provost, Cedar Crest College

9:00 a.m. The Challenge Ahead
E. Allen Richardson, Ph.D.

10:00 a.m. Posters, Presentations, Workshops, Poetry, Art and Music

12:00 p.m. What We Have Accomplished?
Joan Laffey, Dean of Student Affairs

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Posters, Presentations and Workshops

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Poetry, Art and Music

4:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life

For more information on the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Conference, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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