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Health lecture series planned

The Health Improvement Program (HIP) has announced a series of free lectures to be held at Munzer Auditorium at the Beckman Center, 279 Campus Drive. The hour-long lectures are open to the public and will include a question-and-answer period following each lecture. For more information about the series, contact HIP at (650) 723-9649. Scheduled presentations include the following:

"Healthy Aging," Joyce Hanna, associate director, HIP
June 21, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Hanna, an exercise physiologist and nutritionist, will talk about five everyday lifestyle choices that make an impact on how people age.

"Preventing Heart Disease," Dr. John W. Farquhar
June 21, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Farquhar, a cardiologist, professor emeritus of the School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Wellness Center in Palo Alto, will talk about risk factors for heart disease and factors that decrease risk. Farquhar founded the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.

"Do We Know the Optimal Diet for Overall Health?" Christopher Gardner
June 28, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Gardner, assistant professor of medicine and director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, will talk about what's known and unknown about eating for optimal health. Gardner's research examines dietary factors that may help prevent or treat chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.

"Treating Heart Disease," Dr. John W. Farquhar
June 28, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

In his second lecture in the series, Farquhar will talk about heart disease medications, major heart interventions, recovery after a heart attack and lifestyle changes for healthy hearts.

"Understanding Menopause," Marcia Stefanick
July 6, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Stefanick, associate professor of medicine in the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will talk about common symptoms and the underlying physiology of menopause, controversies of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), alternatives to HRT and guidelines for women's health after menopause. Stefanick is the principal investigator for the Women's Health Initiative, the largest study of postmenopausal women.



By Barbara Palmer

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