RWC Announces 2014 Mind & Muscle Series

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury has announced the schedule for its third annual Mind & Muscle series. The initial presentation will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7. Jane Brouse and the RWC dining staff will conduct a cooking demonstration featuring Mediterranean foods. The demonstration will be held in the auditorium in the Chesapeake Center on RWC’s campus, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington.

Jonathan Smith, Wellness Director at RWC and one of the organizers of this year’s program, explains that the Mind & Muscle Series was created in 2012 to highlight the importance of brain health and physical fitness for overall wellness. “We wanted to develop a program that made RWC residents and community members aware of the latest research about keeping healthy as they age. We also wanted to develop interactive experiences that would encourage people to learn how to engage in wellness activities,” he says.

RWC president Stuart Bunting says, “Our initial goal in sponsoring the Mind & Muscle series was to encourage older adults to learn the benefits of keeping their brains and bodies active. What we’ve discovered is that many of the healthy habits we are promoting are good for people of any age. That’s why we are encouraging everyone in the community, regardless of age, to join us for these programs.”

“Our initial presentation is an example of how being mindful of what we eat can make a difference in our health at any age,” says Amy Lewis, Coordinator of Resident Program Development at RWC and another organizer of the annual program. Lewis points out that the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Michigan, a world renowned medical center, reports that research has shown that following a traditional Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Additionally, those who adopt the healthy eating habits promoted by this eating regimen show reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Future events in the 2013 Mind and Muscle Series include a presentation on August 4 by Ashley-Nicole Carmichael of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. Carmichael will speak about the use and misuse of prescription drugs and provide tips for taking medications appropriately. On September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Merthia Haynie, DPT, who manages a physical therapy clinic in Northumberland County, will speak about the benefits of physical therapy.

On October 11 RWC will sponsor the third annual 5K race and 1-Mile Fun Walk. Organizers are once again planning a Halloween theme. Additional details about these events will be forthcoming.

Attendees at all presentations are invited to remain afterwards for a complimentary buffet luncheon. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Separate reservations must be made for each event. Those wishing to attend the presentation on Mediterranean cooking are asked to call 438-4000 on or after June 23. RWC maintains a waiting list and will honor reservations in the order received.

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