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Lauda Lecture To Highlight CSULB Wellness Week April 23-28

Published: April 16, 2012

The Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture “It Takes a Village: Vibrant Aging-in-Place Communities,” will highlight a number of activities during Wellness Week at CSULB. The lecture will take place Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at The Pointe Event and Conference Center at the Walter Pyramid.

The inaugural Wellness Week, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the CCHS Student Council, will be held from April 23 to 28. The week features free events open to the community.

The panel of experts for the Lauda lecture includes Joseph Prevratil, president and chief executive officer, Archstone Foundation; Pamela Chapman, executive director, Tierrasanta Village of San Diego; Janis Brewer, nonprofit management consultant, Janis Brewer Consulting; and Barbara White, moderator, CSULB associate professor, director of Gerontology Program and executive director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB.

The lecture and parking are free, but space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, April 20. RSVP online through the CHHS website or by e-mail at CHHS-giving@csulb.edu. The lecture was established through the generosity of Kaiser Permanente and named for Lauda, former dean of CHHS.

Two other features of the week are “Your Passport to Healthy Aging,” which includes health walks, exercise demonstrations, tours and other activities on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maxson Plaza; and the Association for Chemoreception Sciences Symposium on “Olfaction in Health and Disease” on Saturday, April 28, featuring two world-renowned scientists—Gordon Shepherd from Yale University and Claire Murphy from San Diego State University—in OLLI classroom HSD 101 from 3 to 5 p.m.

As part of the hourly health walks on April 25, Brian Trimble with the University Art Museum (UAM) offers the Sculpture Collection map and link at the UAM website. The site also features a video sculpture tour. The map will be included in the CHHS event passports.

Other events for the week include:

Monday, April 23 – Health walks, tours, CHHS open house, balance testing and lectures, including nursing alumna Lori Brault’s seminar “Can You Imagine Your Retirement?” at noon in the CSULB Beach Auditorium; and Kinesiology Emerita Professor Mel Leach’s demonstrations on “Discovering Archery as a Lifelong Sport” at 11 a.m. at the archery fieldhouse and range.

Thursday, April 26 – Health walks, tours, a lecture, and the King and Queen FUNdraiser competition, which benefits veterans and their families at the neighboring Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center; and Kinesiology emerita professor Mel Leach’s demonstrations on “Discovering Archery as a Lifelong Sport” at 11 a.m. in the archery fieldhouse and range.

Friday, April 27 – Health walks, tours and OLLI open house.

College of Health and Human Services

The village concept, which is the theme of the Lauda lecture, is a visionary solution to assist people to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods with good quality of life as they age. Villages are membership-driven, grassroots organizations based on the needs of a community. A village coordinates and delivers a variety of services and programs to support health and wellness; home repair, safety and transportation needs; and social and educational activities that make life meaningful for individuals and family caregivers. The village model is now being developed in more than 70 locations throughout the United States and globally.

Established in 2002 through a grant from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, the Lauda Wellness Lectureship was created to bring knowledge to the CSULB campus and the community at large through a series of presentations by experts in mental, physical and spiritual health. The lecture series draws a wide audience of attendees that includes students, alumni, faculty and members of local and regional civic and private organizations, as well as friends and supporters of the university.

Lauda envisioned the annual wellness lecture as a community forum for exploring important health and wellness issues. As such, Kaiser Permanente shared his vision and provided funds to begin an endowment that would encourage broader support. Since its inception, several community members and corporate partners, particularly PacifiCare, have made contributions to help grow the series.

Topics are chosen to provide information and insight into wellness to further understanding and move people to engage in a more healthy life. Speakers are selected to educate, challenge and inspire with the latest in theory, research, philosophical and practical innovations in attaining, maintaining and promoting health throughout the life span.

–Ken Swisher