, 2014

Local physician to open
2013 Mind & Muscle series

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury recently announced the schedule for its second annual Mind & Muscle series, a program of presentations and activities designed to highlight the importance of brain health and physical fitness for overall wellness.

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The initial presentation is slated at 11 a.m. on July 25. Dr. Patricia Monge-Meberg, a specialist in internal medicine and gynecology at Bay Internists in Kilmarnock, will speak on “Women’s Health.” Dr. Monge-Meberg’s presentation will be held in the auditorium in the Chesapeake Center at 132 Lancaster Drive near Irvington.

“Our inaugural series last year met with great success. Capacity crowds attended each lecture, and our race/walk drew nearly 200 participants and volunteers,” said Wellness & At Home director Tish Nystrom. “We know there’s strong interest among RWC residents and the community at large in issues involving health, and we believe that this year’s program will have wide appeal.”

“While we are especially interested in helping older adults learn the benefits of keeping their brains and bodies active, we want to encourage everyone in the community, regardless of age, to join us for these programs,” said president Stuart Bunting.

The Mind & Muscle series has caught the attention of professionals at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). Late in 2012 the editor of ICAA’s Functional U magazine, a publication designed to pass along good ideas to those involved in planning activities for seniors, solicited an article about the new initiative. “Mind & Muscle: A Holistic Approach to Wellness,” by Nystrom and senior residence life coordinator Amy Lewis appeared in the March-April issue of the magazine.

The series will include a presentation August 22 by Dr. Joseph Bessler of Bay Internists, who will speak on “Men’s Health”; September 26 by Pam Bowers, a retired art therapist who will provide tips on “Adding Art to Your Life.”

Those who attend the presentations are invited to remain afterwards for a complimentary buffet luncheon. Separate reservations are required for each event. To attend the presentation by Dr. Monge-Meberg, call 438-4000 on or after July 15. RWC maintains a waiting list and will honor reservations in the order received, according to Nystrom.

On October 12, RW-C will sponsor a 5K race and 1-mile fun walk. Last year’s race/walk on the RW-C campus in Irvington drew nearly 200 participants. Organizers are planning a Halloween theme, complete with an appearance by the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s famous story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

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