Wellness Day set for Saturday

Advocate staff file photo by Travis Spradling -- At last year's Wellness Day for Women at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Chelsea Ashford, right, Pennington Preventative Medicine research associate, scrutinizes the form of Baton Rougeans, left to right,  Patricia Hadley, Rachel Redpath and her sister Sarah Redpath as they do 'standing crunches,' during a seminar on fitness.
Advocate staff file photo by Travis Spradling -- At last year's Wellness Day for Women at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Chelsea Ashford, right, Pennington Preventative Medicine research associate, scrutinizes the form of Baton Rougeans, left to right, Patricia Hadley, Rachel Redpath and her sister Sarah Redpath as they do 'standing crunches,' during a seminar on fitness.

A physical activity circuit course will be one of the highlights at this year’s Wellness Day for Women from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Saturday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The circuit course will offer eight activity stations, with exercise options for work and home.

“I think it’s something you can do in your office,” said Catherine Champagne, professor and chief of dietary assessment and nutrition counseling at Pennington, of the exercises planned.

“I think what presents a challenge for people is how can they be more active at work,” she said.

“If we can give them some ideas, it doesn’t seem such an onerous task,” Champagne said.

As it has in the past, the free Wellness Day for Women will offer a number of health screenings, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:

Marc Hamilton, a professor and researcher of inactivity physiology at Pennington, will give the general address on “Physical Activity — Modifications for Home and Work,” from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Visitors will also be able to choose from a number of breakout sessions on the following health topics:

For the closing program of the event, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Pennington is bringing back a popular session from one of its early Wellness Days, Champagne said.

Four dietitians will present “simple and healthy meal planning for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks,” she said.

“There was standing room only” the first year the meal planning ideas were offered, Champagne said.

The 13th annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women will be held in the C. B. Pennington Jr. conference center at the back of the Pennington campus at 6400 Perkins Road.

More information about the event, underwritten by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, can be found at http://www.pbrc.edu/womens-well ness.