Age of Champions Press Release
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UNH to Host Free Community Event to Promote Healthy Aging and Celebrate Longevity
DURHAM, N.H. – UNH’s Center on Aging and Community Living (CACL) will host Age of Champions, on Saturday, April 22, a free community event that promotes healthy living and celebrates longevity among older adults. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UNH Field House. Age of Champions brings together community members, UNH faculty and students, and a variety of stakeholders dedicated to optimizing the experience of older adulthood and empowering older adults to remain engaged, active, and healthy. This is the fifth year CACL has hosted the event, centered around the documentary Age of Champions.
Participants will come away from the event with an abundance of resources and practical life applications for maintaining a healthy, long life. Resources include both student and external vendor booths providing health information such as falls prevention, accessibility resources, adaptive equipment, and healthy eating.
The opening ceremony includes keynote speaker, Stan Davis, a musician and story teller who entertains and inspires his listeners with songs and guitar playing. His songs tell stories of survival, aging, love, and life. Following the keynote, three community members who exemplify what it means to lead a healthy, active lifestyle will receive the “UNH Age of Champions Wildcat Inspirational Award.”
“CACL’s mission is to bring together various stakeholders interested in creating systems change that promotes and enhances the well-being and quality of life for older adults, says Allison Wilder, associate professor and CACL faculty fellow. “Helping citizens to “live well” across the lifespan, requires tactics that are multi-faceted and holistic in nature. We are thrilled to bring this mission to life through this event. Our goal is to ensure that participants walk away with new knowledge and helpful options to help them gain, or maintain, their ability to be healthy and active.”
This year's premier event sponsor is Cigna, a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Free parking is available.
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,300 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.
The Center on Aging and Community Living is a trusted University-based resource for applied research, evaluation and technical assistance, which will improve knowledge, policies and practices that guide New Hampshire citizens and policy makers in preparing for the aging of the population.