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Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Prof Alan St Clair Gibson

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  • Tue 20 Sep ’16, 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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World-changing research. Free lectures.

Sport and Exercise: A potential magic bullet for health and wellness.

Rather than taking pills as the first option to fix the body and mind, sport and exercise are now considered to be an important intervention for creating and maintaining good health and wellbeing in both the individual and community context.

Professor Alan St Clair Gibson, a former medical doctor, and chair of integrative neuroscience, is the new Dean of the new Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. At his inaugural professorial lecture, he’ll be discussing the health challenges facing populations in the 21st century and what he’s got planned for the faculty.

He says more holistic methods involving sport and exercise can make a positive and indeed potentially crucial difference to both individual and community health and wellness.

“In some countries, a lack of nutrition and infrastructure can be blamed for people’s poor health, but on the other hand, particularly in the Western World, people’s lifestyles have become so sedentary and there’s an excess of nutrition and infrastructure. What we’re seeing is ever-increasing levels of obesity and a whole lot of related illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of chronic disorders - including anxiety, stress, and mental illness.”

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series at the University of Waikato introduces our newest professors to the community and gives them a chance to demonstrate how their work is having a real impact on the world around us.

All lectures are free and open to the public and are held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on Tuesdays beginning at 5:15pm. A cash bar is open from 4:30pm.

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