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Event will Focus on Optimal Health for All Ages


Allentown, PA (April 11, 2008) - The Health Connection at Cedar Crest College is proud to announce its 5th Annual Conference on Health and Wellness.  With its theme, "Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan," the event will explore the emotional, physical and spiritual wellness needs of individuals in all stages of life, from infancy to old age.  The conference will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in and around the Tompkins College Center.

The conference kicks off with an introduction by Dr. Blenda Wilson, acting president of Cedar Crest College, and keynote presentation "The Power of Positive Thinking and its Impact on Health Across the Lifespan," presented by College instructors Maynard Cressman, associate professor of social work, Mohamed Rajmohamed, adjunct professor of religious studies, and Dr. Allen Richardson, professor of religious studies.  This presentation will take place in the 1867 Room of the Tompkins College Center.

The conference takes a holistic view of health and wellness by including activities and presentations that explore and promote the health of mind, body and spirit, as well as societal implications on wellness.  With this interdisciplinary approach, attendees have the opportunity to learn about the science of health through student and faculty scientific research projects and workshops, posters, blood pressure and body fat screenings and information tables.  They are also able to discover therapy through art and horticulture, and even take a class in healthy cooking with local ingredients.

Building on the success of a new aspect of the last conference, 19 student-led organizations and clubs will hold special presentations and workshops in an outdoor tent on campus.  In addition, a schedule of Healing Arts will include massages, Hatha yoga and an aerobics fitness class.

 About The Health Connection

The Health Connection at Cedar Crest College is a multi-pronged program dedicated to promoting the health of mind, body and spirit through education, experience and research.  The goal of the program is to implement and evaluate interventions that are intended to transform our campus into a healthy community that will, in time, inspire other colleges and universities to reach for similar goals.

In 2006, The Health Connection was selected as the Gold Award winner in the category of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  NASPA chose Cedar Crest's program from a national pool of program entries that included Silver Award winner New York University and Bronze Award winner Syracuse University.   The award, given in recognition of the efforts that college campuses are making to encourage healthier lifestyle choices, was part of the annual NASPA Excellence Awards.

The 5th Annual Conference on Health & Wellness will take place on Tuesday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Crest College and is free and open to the public.  A complete conference schedule of events is available online at www.cedarcrest.edu.  For more information please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.



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