UA Arthritis Center Presents ‘Optimal Aging, Rewinding the Clock,’ Oct. 1

Sep 18, 2014
Free lecture, open to the public, by Michael Hewitt, PhD, Canyon Ranch Health Resort research director for exercise science.

What we can do to “live younger longer” will be revealed in “Optimal Aging, Rewinding the Clock,” a presentation by Michael Hewitt, PhD, Canyon Ranch Health Resort research director for exercise science, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6-7:15 p.m., at the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, DuVal Auditorium (Room 2600), 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

Open to the public, the free 75-minute presentation includes time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be provided. (Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the UAMC – University Campus visitor/patient parking garage.)

Many aches and pains that accompany growing older are not a direct result of the aging process. Dr. Hewitt will highlight the differences between chronological, biological and psychological age. He will delve into determinants of aging that individuals can control: the ten biomarkers of aging, as developed by Tufts University researchers. These biomarkers are indicators of physical function that influence well-being and are measures of the significant biological states used to monitor our health. Dr. Hewitt will address how to positively influence these indicators while highlighting the effects and importance of physical activity at any age and any level of ability. He also will discuss how to improve an individual’s life span as well as “health span,” including lifestyle and activity modifications.

Dr. Hewitt is a clinical specialist in exercise and aging, cardiometabolic physiology and exercise for bone health. During his more than 20-year tenure at Canyon Ranch, he has written more than 15,000 individual exercise prescriptions and has lectured at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Dedicated to preventative medicine, he especially is interested in the prevention of sarcopenia, the age-related loss of body mass.

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website or call 520-626-5040 or email

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the University of Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

Please note that the Nov. 5 lecture has been changed from “Osteoarthritis Under the Microscope,” by University of Arizona Arthritis Center Director C. Kent Kwoh, MD, to “The Anti-Inflammatory Diet,” by Kelly Grant, RD, NC, of Kelly Grant Nutrition and formerly with Canyon Ranch and Miraval Health Resorts. Dr. Kwoh’s talk will be rescheduled in the spring series of Living Healthy with Arthritis talks, which begin in March, 2015. No lectures will be held in December, 2014 or January or February 2015.

Save the date: the annual Living Healthy with Arthritis Conference will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.


The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, visit

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