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Spotlight: "Fitting Into Your Genes" April 1 with Scott E. Gordon, Ph.D.

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Spotlight: "Fitting Into Your Genes" April 1 with Scott E. Gordon, Ph.D.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UNC Charlotte Kinesiology Professor Scott E. Gordon will deliver the College of Health and Human Services’ annual Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Dialogue for a Healthier Community lecture on April 1. Gordon’s lecture is titled, “Fitting Into Your Genes: The New Paradigm for Healthy Aging.”

The event begins at 6:00 PM, at UNC Charlotte Center City, with opening remarks by Brad Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina President and CEO. Gordon will follow with a 20-minute presentation focused on healthy aging and improving quality of life. Gordon will describe the thrifty gene hypothesis, the concept of biological age, and why our genes expect physical activity. Guests will be challenged to consider their own health and well-being and discover new ways in which they can "fit into their genes."

Promotion of healthy lifestyle choices, such as physical activity, is one important mission of our college, and my talk will take a fun approach to show how and why physical activity taps into the roots of our ancient genetic makeup to keep us healthy.
— Scott E. Gordon, Professor

Gordon, the Department of Kinesiology’s newest chair and professor, has focused his career research on the effects of exercise in younger and older adults and on the aging process, and on identifying molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle remodeling with aging, disuse or resistance exercise. A widely published author arriving to the University last year from East Carolina University in Greenville, Gordon is fully committed to student excellence and community health, bringing his research expertise and energy to his new role at UNC Charlotte.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.