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Food For Thought

All sessions are free and are on Wednesdays from noon - 1 p.m. in room 101B of the MAC. You’re welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy each class on its own or attend as many as you would like. 

Fall 2014 Food for Thought

Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Time and Location: 12:00 – 1:00 pm/MAC 101B (large conference room)

Title: “Eating to Recover – The Post-Workout Recovery Meal”

Description: Want more muscle? Let’s talk about nutrition. Knowing what to eat and when to eat it can make all the difference between speedy success and total failure in the gym. Growing a lean muscular body is far more than just training hard. Muscles need protein (amino acids) to build cells and carbohydrates (glycogen) to run. This session will cover what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it to maximize the return from your workouts. We’ll discuss the critical timing element involved in post-workout nutrition, the role insulin plays in accelerating muscle recovery, and the creative use of the glycemic index to manipulate blood sugar and insulin levels to boost the absorption of post-workout nutrients. 

Presenter Bio: Joseph Manuel has over 25 years of experience as a certified personal trainer/sports nutritionist. He worked over 10 years at a hospital-based wellness center working with people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases, taking up where their physicians left off, teaching them the importance of exercise and nutrition for conquering their illness and overcoming the side effects of HIV medications. He has enjoyed the sport of bodybuilding for over 40 years and has a passion for inspiring others to live healthier lifestyles.

Date: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Time and Location: 12:00 – 1:00 pm/MAC 101B (large conference room)

Title: “Evolution vs. Resolution:  Reverse & Reduce Risk for Prediabetes through Lifestyle Changes”

Description:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 of every 3 US adults had prediabetes in 2010. That is 79 million Americans aged 20 years or older. The vast majority of people living with prediabetes do not know they have it. Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.1

Your own health may be in a prediabetic state.  Much of this may be due to psychosocial factors that you are not aware of!  And, with the holiday season just around the corner, you may already be stressed out, as you know with the holiday season comes W.G.S. (weight-gaining season!)  Making a lifestyle change is challenging, especially when you want to transform many things at once. This engaging, inter-active session will provide you with knowledge of prediabetes, along with evidence-based suggestions on making small changes in order to prevent prediabetes and “spot check” your individual health status.  Attendees will receive information on starting a personal, long lasting “evolution” vs. a short-term resolution.

  1. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2014.  Diabetes Prevention Program.  Retrieved 7-28-14:

 Presenter Bio: Presented by Becky Garner, MS.  Becky is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a doctoral student in Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.  Her areas of interest include population based approaches to physical activity and improving health for individuals with physical disabilities. She is also currently working on a research team, that is funded through a NIH grant, that’s main area of focus is obesity prevention in African-American females via the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum.

Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Time and Location:  12:00 -1:00 pm/MAC 101B (large conference room)

Title: “Designing your cardiovascular fitness program to maximize fat loss”

Description:  With multiple styles of cardiovascular training suggested in books, magazines, and on the internet, it is often confusing for the general population to choose a method suitable for their needs.  This lecture offers clarification of many types of cardiovascular training programs, and which of these is the best mode for stimulating fat loss in the body.  Secondary topics of discussion will include planning a programming of cardiovascular exercise around a limited schedule to maximize results, and enhancing the understanding of interval training.

Presenter Bio:  Stephen Newhart has been an active affiliate in the fitness industry for the past 10 years where he has worked as a fitness professional for an assortment of fitness centers.  Stephen now is a professor and The University of Texas at Arlington in conjunction with his Senior Fitness Director position at Larry North Fitness Center.  Stephen is a firm believer in continuing education, and over the past 11 years has acquired his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and many more.  Stephen is proud to have obtained his degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an active alumnus.