Free Oct. 11 health, wellness event to feature new views on exercise, physiology

Vicky Cerino | September 08, 2014

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The Nebraska Physiological Society invites the public to attend a free health event on Oct. 11 including a talk by best-selling author and former Sports Illustrated investigative journalist, David Epstein. The event will be held in the Durham Research Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event, which coincides with the 17th annual meeting of the Nebraska Physiological Society, will offer breakout sessions on exercise training, wellness, healthy eating, and specific fitness activities such as the benefits of yoga. Health and wellness exhibitors also will participate.

Epstein's keynote talk, "Athletic Performance, The Human Factor: What you need to know!" will feature new views of thinking about exercise and physiology, focusing on the science of athletic performance and the path to athletic excellence. Epstein is the best-selling author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, which will be available for purchase and autographing.

He is recognized as one of the top sports science and medicine investigative journalists. He has authored or co-authored several of Sports Illustrated's most high profile investigative pieces, including the revelation that New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003. He also wrote about an investigation of fraudulently marketed athletic performance and health care remedies, as well as an investigation that prompted the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel by revealing a pattern of NCAA violations during his tenure.

The day's schedule follows:

8:30 to 9 a.m. - Check in

9 to 10 a.m. - Keynote address by David Epstein

10 to 10:30 a.m. - Exhibitor displays

10:30 a.m. - Book-signing

The 30-minute breakout sessions are:

  • The Science of Hydration: No Guts, No Glory! - Patrick Lambert, Ph.D., Creighton University;
  • Virtues of play health and fitness - Kris Berg, Ed.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha;
  • Environmental Regulation of the Human Exercise Response - Dusty Slivka, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha. 
  • Biomechanics & Clinical Practice: How Analysis of Human Movement Informs Rehabilitation - Jennifer Yentes, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Nutrition and Athletic Performance - Natural Grocers
  • Value of Emotional Wellness - Mind Body Spirit
  • Benefits of Yoga on Athletic Performance - Karma Yoga
  • Exercise and Motivation: Is there a Best Strategy to Encourage Regular Physical Activity? - Support Wellness - Innovative Wellness, LLP

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Health and wellness breakout sessions and exhibitor displays

Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D., president of the Nebraska Physiological Society, said this year's annual meeting is a departure from the normal annual meeting and is more of a public outreach  event.

"This year's meeting is entirely dedicated to providing the public with useful and exciting information on athletic performance, the physiology of exercise, and promotion of healthy living," Dr. Fassbinder-Orth said. "We hope participants will learn how scientific research in physiology and exercise science can impact their lives. They also will benefit from interactions with leading researchers and also local organizations and businesses that promote healthy living and exercise."

The Durham Research Center is located on the west end of the UNMC campus at Durham Research Plaza (formerly 45th St.) and Dewey Avenue. Free parking is available in the Lot 50 parking garage located directly southeast of the Durham research towers.

Admission is free, but registration, is required by Oct. 1.

To register, go to and search "Athletic Performance with David Epstein" or contact Cindy Norton,, 402 559-4429 or Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Ph.D.,

The Nebraska Physiological Society is a chapter of the American Physiological Society, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting research, education, and outreach in physiology.