The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, cordially invites you to the 21st lecture in the UP Expert Lecture Series: 'The drug everyone should take! Why, how, and what?' presented by Martin Schwellnus, professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Date: Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Time: Lecture starts strictly at 17:00
Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
GPS: S25° 45' 21” E28° 13' 51”
Dress: Day wear
Enquiries: Brumilda Carols, 012 420 3086 or 012 420 2278
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for more than 65% of all deaths worldwide. NCDs are of pandemic proportions in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Africa (SA). More than 80% of the NCD deaths are as a result of four disease groups: heart and blood vessel disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung disease. Tobacco use, harmful substance abuse, a sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy diets are the main risk factors. Scientific studies have identified one 'drug' that reduces the risk of dying from an NCD by 35 to 50%. This is a drug that everyone should take! Come and join a discussion on the why, how and what of this 'wonder' drug.
Prof Schwellnus is a specialist sports and exercise medicine physician who regularly consults athletes at all levels. He holds an MBBCh from University of the Witwatersrand (cum laude), an MSc (Med) and an MD (equivalent to a PhD) both from the University of Cape Town. He is the Director of the newly established Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria and Director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Center in South Africa. Prof Schwellnus has a specific interest in the health benefits of regular exercise.
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