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Last modified: Friday, February 20, 2009

National fitness leader to discuss physical activity guidelines at IU

Feb. 20, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Physical activity guidelines will be given a "closer look" during a lecture by Rear Adm. Penelope Slade-Sawyer, acting executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, who will present the Marian Godeke Miller Lecture at Indiana University Bloomington on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Penelope Slade-Sawyer

Penelope Slade-Sawyer

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Slade-Sawyer, Commissioned Corps Officer in the U.S. Public Health Services, will present "A Closer Look: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans," at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Student Recreational Sports Center, 1601 Law Lane. Her presentation is sponsored by the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) and its Department of Kinesiology. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Slade-Sawyer will discuss the comprehensive, science-based 2008 guidelines that were developed to inform policymakers and health providers about the amount, types and intensity of physical activity needed to help Americans age 6 and older improve their health and reduce their risk of chronic diseases. Details about the guidelines, which represent the first comprehensive guidelines issued by the federal government, can be found here:

The guidelines promote a wide range of physical activity, allowing people to design their own way of meeting the guidelines while affirming the philosophy that the more you do, the more health benefits you will gain. Specific guidelines are for individuals of all ages and abilities, including groups such as older adults, people with disabilities, pregnant and post partum women, and those with chronic health conditions.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is based on the first thorough review of scientific research about physical activity and health in more than a decade. A 13-member advisory committee appointed in April 2007 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services reviewed the scientific research and produced and extensive report of their findings, which formed the basis of the guidelines.

About the Marian Godeke Miller Lecture

The Marian Godeke Miller Lecture series is funded by Marian and William Miller. William Miller, a prominent Lafayette physician, serves on the Dean's Council for the IU School of Medicine. His wife, for whom the lecture series is named, is a HPER graduate who has been active in numerous civic and educational organizations throughout Indiana.

For more information about the Marian Godeke Miller Lecture, please contact Diane Buzzell at 856-4620 or