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Best-selling Author John Ratey to Speak at National Convention

December 11, 2010

Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and best-selling author John Ratey will speak about “The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” at the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition on March 31, 2011.

Reston, VA (PRWEB) December 10, 2010

Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and best-selling author John Ratey will speak about “The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” at the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition on March 31, 2011. The convention, offered by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD,) will be held in San Diego, California.

Dr. Ratey’s latest book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, shows why exercise is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance. His speech will address: How exactly does physical activity change the brain’s ability to absorb and retain information? How does exercise protect against Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and mood disorders? Is physical education really improving academic performance?

“Spark is one of the most fascinating and exciting books I’ve read in a long time,” said Mariah Burton Nelson, Executive Director of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). “I’m thrilled that Dr. Ratey has agreed to speak to us, because our convention attendees share my enthusiasm for his pioneering work on exercise and cognitive functioning.” Dr. Ratey’s presentation will be AAPAR’s keynote speech.

Dr. Ratey has written or co-written eight books and more than 60 articles on the topics of aggression, autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as a clinical psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more on Dr. Ratey, go to http://www.johnratey.com.

More than 5,000 physical education teachers, coaches, and physical activity professionals are expected to attend AAHPERD’s 126th National Convention and Exposition, which runs from March 29 to April 2, 2011. The latest issues, trends and concerns in the physical education and physical activity professions will be addressed by more than 400 program sessions and special events, as well as an expo of nearly 300 exhibitors. To learn more about the convention, go to http://www.aahperd.org/convention.

About AAPAR & AAHPERD

The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) serves more than 8,000 professors, teachers, trainers, and community leaders who promote meaningful physical activity and recreation across the lifespan. AAPAR is one of five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), which was founded in 1885 and is the largest organization of professionals committed to achieving a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit http://www.aapar.org.

Media Contact: Mariah Burton Nelson, Executive Director

MNelson(at)aahperd(dot)org; 703.476.3430

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