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Sept. 30, 2005

Enrollment Open For New Healthful Living Exercise And Dining Courses

Two new exercise courses and a program on Mediterranean dining are open for enrollment. The classes are offered by the Healthful Living Program, a new service component of the Preventive Intervention Center in the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Advanced registration is required. All UI Healthful Living Program offerings listed below will meet in the Preventive Intervention Center classroom, Room E-257, of the General Hospital (second floor, near elevator BE) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Taste of T'ai Chi" introduces the meditative martial art. The six-week class includes warm-ups and other exercises, as well as the beginning of the Yang-style short form. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Oct. 11 to Nov. 17. The class fee is $120. The instructor, Kelly O'Berry, has studied t'ai chi for more than 10 years.

"Pumping Iron for the Reluctant" is a strength-training class using specific exercises designed to improve functional fitness. The six-week class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 to Nov. 17. The fee is $120. The instructor, Ken Mobily, Ph.D., professor of leisure studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is academic coordinator of the UI Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation Program. Mobily has extensive experience in research, teaching and practice related to physical activity.

"Window to Mediterranean Dining" is a one-hour program on how the Mediterranean diet relates to the way we eat in the United States. The program will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, and will be led by Linda Snetselaar, Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology. Sample Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food will be prepared by Hadi Sharairi from Aladdin Restaurant in Coralville. The class fee is $20.

For class registration forms, e-mail or call 384-5055 or 800-348-4692.

The UI Healthful Living Program (HLP) is directed by Neal Kohatsu, M.D., UI associate professor of epidemiology. HLP is designed to help individuals adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The goal is to help individuals optimize their health using the science base in prevention.

In addition to nutrition and physical activity courses, future HLP classes and services will be offered in life management to help people better handle time and stress and in the use of preventive services such as immunizations, cancer tests and other services that can be lifesaving.

HLP helps individuals identify and meet personal goals for health and wellness. The program also provides customized worksite health promotion and wellness services on contract to small businesses and large companies.

More information about the Healthful Living Program is available at:

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660; Program: Kelly O'Berry, communications/outreach coordinator, UI Preventive Intervention Center, 319-384-5064, or