‘Aging in your 20s and 30s’ panel to be held Oct. 16

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The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging is hosting a virtual panel discussion at noon on Friday, Oct. 16, to answer community questions about how young people can live longer, healthier lives.

“One of the Center’s new initiatives is to encourage people in their 20s and 30s to think about what they can do now to support longevity and health across their lifespan and into advanced age,” says Nicole Ehrhart, director of the Center and professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. “Research shows that people in their second and third decades rarely explore these topics.”

As such, the premise of the panel is to cut through the noise and abundance of health and wellness tips to provide clear recommendations for healthy aging in young adults.

CSU faculty members from the College of Health and Human Sciences will serve as panelists for the discussion, including:

  • Allyson Brothers, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies who researches the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan
  • Michelle Foster, an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition who researches obesity and metabolic dysfunction
  • Gloria Luong, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies who researches social and emotional aspects of aging
  • Rick Perry, a teaching faculty member in the Department of Health and Exercise Science who specializes in health and wellness behaviors

All questions surrounding diet, nutrition, fitness, mental health and general well-being are welcome. Questions can be submitted by emailing healthyaging@colostate.edu. Some to be answered by the panelists include:

  • Are there particular exercises that are proven to boost long-term health?
  • How does our mindset contribute to how we age?
  • Are the benefits of intermittent fasting verified by research?
  • Can the brain bounce back from prolonged periods of stress?

Thus, while the panel is geared toward younger people, it will provide general health advice that people of all ages can benefit from.

Attendees may register in advance for the webinar at col.st/pAe2s

The webinar will be recorded for later viewing on the Center for Healthy Aging’s YouTube playlist.