Living to a ripe old age will be the catch phrase this weekend when West Virginia University brings nationally recognized nutritionists to Morgantown to demonstrate how the proper diet and exercise can help delay the ravages of Father Time.

Living Longer and Better: WVU Conference on Nutrition and Wellnesswill be Friday through Sunday (June 10-12) at the Radisson Hotel along the citys waterfront.

The conference will feature talks on improving overall health by Dr. James J. Kenney and Jeffrey S. Novick, noted nutritionists and authors from the Pritikin Longevity Center.

The three-day agenda also includes fitness activities; free glucose, blood pressure and body composition screenings; nutritional meals; awhat to buygrocery shopping visit to Giant Eagle; and a showing ofSupersize MeWest Virginia native Morgan Spurlocks first-person documentary film about the effects of fast food.

More than 100 dietitians, nutritionists, educators, physicians and other health-conscious individuals have registered for the conference.

The conference is an outgrowth of the WVU Wellness Initiative that President David C. Hardesty Jr. launched in 2003 to encourage students, faculty, staff and the community to become more physically active. The WVU Division of Student Affairs is organizing the event.

WVU Vice President for Health Sciences Robert M. DAlessandri will open the forum Friday at 5:30 p.m. Hardesty will give the wrap-up at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Kenney and Novick will lecture Saturday and Sunday on topics ranging from diet fads and a breakdown on fats to so-called diseases of affluence such as diabetes and hypertension. Fitness activities will include walks along the Caperton Trail, yoga and pilates, and various workouts at the Stansbury Fitness and Wellness Center and Student Recreation Center.

Founded in 1976, the Pritikin Longevity Center promotes healthy living through a low-fat diet and regular exercise. Over the past 30 years, 90,000 people worldwide have visited the center in Aventura, Fla., to prevent or reverse health problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the risk of cancer. Millions more have benefited from reading Pritikins 10 best-selling books.

Participants will want to wear casual dress and shoes so they can get the most out of both the informative talks and fitness activities.

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