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World of Science: Health Misconceptions

Fri, Apr 04, 2014 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Parkland exercise physiologist to uncover fallacies on weight loss, dietary supplements, related topics 

A local exercise physiologist and nutrition researcher uncovers fallacies about weight loss, exercise, dietary supplements, and more during the season's last “World of Science” lecture at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.

Parkland College’s own Toni Burkhalter, associate professor of biology and kinesiology, will present “Your Health: Myths and Misconceptions,” Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. Admission is $1 at the door, with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge.

As the weather warms, more people will be looking to lose a few pounds by exercising and being active. Burkhalter’s talk will focus on 10 common misconceptions people have regarding nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. She will address such questions as, “Are natural supplements healthier?” and “How do people lose more than 10 pounds in a week?” Time will be available at the end of her lecture for audience questions.

Burkhalter earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC) in 1999, with a focus on the body’s response to dietary changes. She began teaching at Parkland in 2001. Her passion for how the body adapts to positive environmental challenges such as exercise and balanced nutrition encouraged her to return to school for a second advanced degree; she earned an MS in Exercise Physiology from the UIUC in 2010, with a focus on the effects of exercise on cognition and academic performance. Her work has been published in peer review journal articles on nutrition and kinesiology.

Following Burkhalter’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present the show, The Planets. A full schedule of programming may be found online at the planetarium website or by calling 217/351-2446.

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