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Springfield College, Baystate Rehabilitation Care Host Joint Speaker Series

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College and Baystate Rehabilitation Care will host the third annual Joint Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 4, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room inside the Flynn Campus Union. The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on how exercise is medicine, and the symposium will lead attendees through the importance of fitting exercise into a person’s daily routine.

Led by Springfield College Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Chair Dr. Sue Guyer, a panel of experts will share ways in which individuals can start, and keep, exercise in their daily life and prevent injuries. Guyer also is serving as the 2017-18 Springfield College Distinguished Professor of Humanics, and this will be the first event highlighting her focus for the academic year.

As part of the Joint Speaker Series, Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper will proclaim October as Exercise Is Medicine on Campus Month with a special proclamation ceremony.

“As part of the Humanics project, Springfield College is now a registered ‘Exercise Is Medicine on Campus’ institution,” said Guyer. “The mission of this is to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health, and other disciplines. The vision is to see all campus and community members across multiple disciplines discover, share, and adopt the principles of EIM-OC that will change the culture of chronic disease prevention and management.”

Joining Guyer on the panel of experts will be Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini, medical director of Baystate Rehabilitation Care. Springfield College’s Maura Bergan, assistant professor of Exercise Science, and Christine May, assistant professor of Psychology, will also be part of the symposium.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Laura Feeley as soon as possible at lfeeley@springfieldcollege.edu or (413) 748-3178 to discuss your accessibility needs. Springfield College is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.

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