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Improve the Quality and Quantity of Your Life:
Helpful Hints on Simple Lifestyle Changes and Proven Drug Therapies
Charles H. Hennekens

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Death is inevitable but premature death is not. For decades, the life expectancy of Americans had been increasing, mainly due to reductions in mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD), but this is no longer the case and there is increasing cause for alarm. In the United States, cigarette smoking has decreased whereas worldwide there is a pandemic. Nonetheless, in the US as well as worldwide, overweight and obesity are overtaking cigarettes as the leading avoidable cause of premature deaths, despite the fact that both are amenable to simple therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) that include nutrition and increased physical activity.  Levels of physical activity that can be practiced even by the oldest old can be a silver bullet to reverse these alarming trends, especially when combined with several simpler TLCs and adjunctive drug therapies of proven benefit. Due primarily to these major risk factors, CVD will remain the leading killer in the US and is becoming the leading killer worldwide.  Several helpful strategies, both simple TLCs and drug therapies of proven benefit, will be reviewed that will lead to a longer and healthier life. 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Charles H. Hennekens, MD has saved over 1.1 million lives placing him #81 in the history of the world ahead of such luminaries as Dr. Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine.  He is currently the first Sir Richard Doll Professor and Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, occupying the only Endowed Chair at FAU.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Brooklyn and Bayside, Queens.  He attended the Wharton School and received his BS, Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College where he is the only graduate in over 80 years to be inducted into the Achievement and Athletic Halls of Fame.  He received his MD from Cornell and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  He served two years as Lieutenant Commander in the USPHS as EIS Medical Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, completed a residency in preventive medicine and was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Preventive Medicine.  He received an MPH, MS and DrPH in epidemiology from Harvard where he became the first John Snow Professor and later the first Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and first Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  From 1985-1995 he was the leading grant recipient from NIH and from 1995-2005 he was the third most widely cited medical researcher in the world and five of the top 20 were his former fellows and/or trainees.  Although he is best known for his first discoveries of aspirin in the treatment and prevention of CDV, his H-index of 172 ranks him the #14 living top scientist in the world.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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