Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Exercise Important to a Long Life

Recent research has shown that exercise is a key factor to living a longer life. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health indicates people who practiced 4 low-risk behaviors lived longer -- those 4 were: not smoking, eating healthy, getting enouugh exercise, and drinking alcohol moderately. This, along with much other evidence, begs for RT professional preparation programs to provide students with training in conducting physical activities and in providing leisure counseling (to help clients choose healthy lifestyles). How well do you think our universities are doing in providing students with this training?


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