Nutrition and Physical Therapy Seminar

Linda vaughn

Professor Emeritus Linda Vaughn

Noah Arenson

Noah Arenson

The first seminar for the 2017 season dealt with nutrition and physical therapy. About 30 people attended and enjoyed two good presentations.

The first presentation was given by ASU Professor Emeritus Linda Vaughn who had been the Director of the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion before retiring in the summer of 2016. Her presentation was titled "Nutrition to Optimize Health, Now and in the Future". Professor Vaughn covered a number of topics including theories of aging, age related changes to the body, nutrition guidelines as you age, some common health problems, and finished with a discussion of "Best" Dietary Patterns for Long Term Health.

The second presentation was given by Noah Arenson, Physical Therapist and partner in Contact Physical Therapy. Noah mentioned types of rehabilitation environments, such as neurologic and aquatic, and some specialty areas of physical therapy, i.e. orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, and pediatric physical therapy.  Noah specializes in orthopedic physical therapy, the goal of which is to diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.  Physical therapists are experts in movement. They can analyze and improve movement patterns to improve quality of life. Strength training, joint mobilizations, electrical stimulation and other modalities are all methods available to the orthopedic physical therapists. Patients are educated in their own home exercise programs so they can continue to progress well after they are discharged.