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The Science of Fitness w/ Science in the Triangle guest Laura Z. Powell, American Council on Exercise

There is much, and some say way too much, talk about Healthcare.  I sometimes feel that we're scaring people into an unhealthy state of mind.  And the discussions about Healthcare's needed reforms nearly exclusively address cost and fees and funding related programs.  I never hear much wisdom about serious, large scale programs centered on prevention or an approach to inspire healthy living amongst our citizens.  We have a sort of, 'hey, we need more money to help or we're going broke helping unhealthy people.'  I'd prefer some attention to us not becoming unhealthy as 60% of the nation's medical bills stem from some form of self-inflicted harm, usually food, drug or alcohol abuse. 

This lengthy preamble introduces Sunday's guest who makes a career of personal fitness: physical, spiritual and emotional.  Laura was a successful Duke tennis player; lived for 5 years in the PE epicenter of America, namely the environs of Denver, Colorado (you could look it up); and has tales of the therapeutic value of fitness programs for females in Afghanistan to help to offset the burdens and inconveniences they suffer just by being women, i.e. jumping-jacks in a burka have a high degree of difficulty.

At any rate, the glorious summer of North Carolina is upon us and there is more to our scientific community in the RTP than can be measured with a microscope; sometimes you may need an old-fashioned scale.

Interview will be repeated on iTunes, natch.  If you want to contact Laura Powell = laurazpowell@gmail.com.