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First Ever Health & Fitness Symposium

Date: April 26, 2012

Andrews University will host its first Health & Fitness Symposium: Connect & Inspire to Share, from May 10–13, 2012. The symposium will feature a variety of presentations and seminars as well as practical workshops and poster presentations.
“The symposium is a fantastic and unique opportunity for students, faculty and professionals to come together from all over the world to learn, share and inspire each other,” says Dominique Wakefield, assistant professor and director of Fitness & Exercise Studies in the Department of Nutrition & Wellness.
Fittingly, the theme for the symposium is “Connect & Inspire to Share.” “Many people in our society and community are facing many difficult situations because of their health and lifestyle,” says Wakefield. “Many of the answers to the problems we face today can be found within health, fitness and wellness.” The goal of the symposium is to educate people on key topics in health and fitness so they can spread those same concepts to those around them.
The symposium will feature an impressive lineup of keynote presenters, including Katia Reinert, RN, MSN, who will present, “The Epidemic of Obesity and Inactivity: What You Can Do” and Don Morgan, PhD, who will give a presentation titled, “Change Your Mind, Change Your Body, Change Your Life.” Other keynote speakers include Monica Reed, MD; Ernie Medina Jr., DrPH; Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD; and Erika Whitman, sport dietician for the University of Notre Dame. Several seminars will also be available on a variety of important health and fitness topics ranging from “New Approaches to Strength Training” to “Physical Fitness and Aging: Keep on Moving.”
Besides lectures, attendees can participate in practical workshops dealing with topics such as circuit training, eating vegan, the use of kettlebells, and running at your best. Poster presentations will be given on May 10–11 and there will be a vespers concert on Friday, May 11, from 8–9:30 p.m.

The symposium is open to the community, but registration is required. The registration fee for the full conference is $125 or $55 per day, $35 on Sunday. The student rate for the full conference is $50 or $25 per day, $15 on Sunday. To register for the symposium or see a complete program overview including specific locations, visit For more information, contact Dominique Wakefield at

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