Nationally recognized expert on aging to speak at Ball State’s Kirkpatrick Lecture Series

Topics: College of Applied Sciences and Technology, Speakers

October 19, 2010

Ball State invites the public to attend the 57th annual Kirkpatrick Lecture Series on Oct. 21, featuring Dr. Walter M. Bortz II, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Bortz's lecture, "Dare to Be 100," will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center. This event is free.

Nationally recognized as one of the most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity, Bortz focuses his research on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of healthy aging. Supported by his lifelong research, Bortz overturns the myths of aging, arguing that its negative effects are due to disuse, not disease. His program explains a 99-step plan for maintaining an active physical, mental and spiritual lifestyle.

Bortz has published more than 130 medical articles and authored several works, most notably, "We Live Too Short and Die Too Long," "Dare to Be 100," "Living Longer for Dummies," and "Diabetes Danger."

An avid runner, Dr. Bortz runs 16 miles per week and has run 40 marathons, including the New York City Marathon in 2008 and the Boston Marathon in 2010. 

The Kirkpatrick Lecture Series is sponsored by the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology with support from a gift from the family of Walter and Arrena I. Kirkpatrick. Free parking is available for the lecture with a shuttle van available for drop-offs at the main entrance of the Alumni Center. For more information, contact Judy Elton, program coordinator for the Fisher Institute, at 765-289-4541.

By Kenzie Grob

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