For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

February, American Heart Month, Is Celebrated with a Series of Lectures at Georgian Court University

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 2, 2009—Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans. In February, the Exercise Science Club of Georgian Court University will sponsor a series of lectures about heart disease for American Heart Month on the Lakewood campus at 900 Lakewood Avenue. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Arts & Science Center, Room 165
Dr. Emory Wilder, MD, LMT, an assistant professor of holistic health at GCU, talks about heart disease and how you can prevent it at a young age.

Tuesday, February 10, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Arts & Science Center, Little Theatre
Andrea Panaccione talks about nutrition and preventive heart health. Ms. Panaccione has a B.S. in Dietetics from the University of Maryland and is a registered dietician.

Tuesday, February 17, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Arts & Science Center, Little Theatre
Thomas O’Connor talks about how college students live and how they can change to healthier lifestyles. Mr. O’Connor has a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies and an M.S. in Human Movement Science from Rutgers University. He is an exercise physiologist and a strength and conditioning coach in Princeton.

Tuesday, February 24, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Arts & Science Center, Little Theatre
Leigh Anne Buyon, M.A., and Donna Cetroni, RNC, AHN-BC, talk about a holistic approach to health and lifestyles and an awareness of heart health. Ms. Buyon and Ms. Cetroni are alumni of the M.A. in Holistic Health program at Georgian Court. Ms. Buyon practices yoga, and Ms. Cetroni works as an R.N. during the day and also has a private wellness center in Forked River.

Dr. Sachiko Komagata, director of the holistic health program and moderator for the Exercise Science Club, believes that information about heart disease is vital for everyone’s health. “Cardiac illness is the number one cause of death and disability for all of us,” she says.

The Exercise Science Club is made up of majors in GCU’s B.A. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports. Students in this program are prepared for careers in the health and fitness industry with the goal of maximizing the health potential of others by evaluating healthy behaviors and risk factors, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and assessing fitness. Concentrations available in this major are pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training, coaching women athletes, and health and physical education.

In concert with its ongoing commitment to health, Georgian Court University also offers a minor in holistic health studies on the undergraduate level as well as its M.A. in holistic health studies.

“Heart & Soul Gospel Fest”
Also at Georgian Court University, Meridian Health celebrates American Heart Month and Black History Month on Friday, February 6, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with its “Heart and Soul Gospel Fest,” featuring Meridian physicians who will discuss cardiovascular and stroke-related issues affecting the African-American community, as well as performances by area churches. Admission is free, but registration is required by calling 1.800.DOCTORS. Attendees are asked to wear red in honor of American Heart Month.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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