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2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series: Exercise is Medicine


Tue 7 Aug 2012, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: University of Auckland School of Business, 12 Grafton Rd, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: uniauckland

Associate Professor Paul Hofman and Professor Elwyn Firth: “Exercise as Life-long Medicine”

Physical activity generally has not reached its full potential as a determinant of health and disease. Early-life exercise may prove to be an environmental factor which affects the risks of health and disease in later adult life. Increasing evidence shows that maternal exercise modulates nutritional partitioning, leading to reduced growth and smaller babies. In turn these infants appear to be more resistant to obesity post-natally, and remain leaner than children whose mothers did not exercise. It is proposed that physical movement post-natally changes the offspring’s health and disease risks in adulthood by affecting the epigenetic pathways which control gene expression. In these two lectures, examples will illustrate how exercise imposed during pregnancy or early postnatal life can improve health and reduce disease risk through life and across generations.

Associate Professor Paul Hofman is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and clinical researcher working at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Professor Elwyn Firth is a Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science and a principal investigator in the National Research Centre for Growth and Development at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

This is the third of four Vice-Chancellor’s Lectures from 31 July to 9 August on the theme “Exercise is Medicine” hosted by the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Auckland. Physical inactivity is one of the greatest health problems of the 21st century. Although research indicates benefits from exercise in disease prevention and treatment, compliance is poor. These lectures by scientists, an epidemiologist, and physicians will enlighten and engage the issues that confront physical inactivity when “Exercise is Medicine”.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Lecture held in Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium, Owen C Glen Building. No booking required. Evening parking available for $6 in lower levels of Owen G Glenn Building.

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