CSUB presents springtime health program, St. Patrick’s Day 5K

The School of Social Sciences and Education at California State University, Bakersfield is taking a proactive role in enhancing the quality of life for Kern County residents by presenting a healthy living series and 5K run this spring.

The program includes a two-part lecture series on “Active Living for Health,” taught by the school’s dean, Dr. Kathleen Knutzen, as well as a St. Patrick’s Day 5K for people of all ages.

“Physical activity is essential for overall health,” Knutzen said. “In our society, transportation, environment and lifestyle can present barriers to physical activity. My lectures will focus on how we can incorporate activity into our daily living, to regulate our metabolism, control or prevent diabetes, and increase overall quality of life.”

Knutzen has extensive experience in promoting wellness activities in communities and on university campuses. She is a past director of a community-based strength program for older adults, past coordinator of a faculty-led community health center, and has experience establishing an employee wellness program. She joined the administration at CSUB in Fall 2010 and has a keen interest in working with the Kern County community on quality of life issues.

Her presentations will take place in the Bakersfield City Council Chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave. They are free of charge and open to the public.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8

Active Living for Health I: Health risks associated with inactivity, health benefits of physical activity, how lifestyle influences overall participation in physical activity.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12

Active Living for Health II: The importance of maintaining strength and lean muscle mass for healthy aging, metabolism regulation, control or prevention of diabetes, and overcoming the “use it or lose it” phenomenon.

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K will take place on Saturday, March 17, at the Park at RiverWalk, 11298 Stockdale Highway. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the run starts at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a one-mile fun run/walk for those not wanting to participate in the 5K. Pre-registration is $20 due March 12 and guarantees a T-shirt. Day-of registration is $22. There will be awards for various age groups as well as a costume contest for “Most Green” and raffle prizes.

For more information about these events and for an entry form for the 5K, call 661-654-2210 or visit www.csub.edu/sse.

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