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MMAE Brings John Ratey to Charlotte for Community Luncheon

The Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment Community Health Luncheon was featured today in the Charlotte Observer. Health Columnist, Karen Garloch, writes of the opportunity to learn more about Dr. John Ratey’s ground-breaking research on the connection between exercise and the brain, specifically in children.


Expert on link between exercise and learning will speak Thursday

As educators across the Carolinas cut physical education and athletics from school budgets, they might do well to listen to Dr. John Ratey.

A Harvard medical school psychiatrist, Ratey is author of a 2008 book that caught the attention of many who care about education and started what Ratey calls a “movement to get movement back into schools.”

In “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Ratey discusses brain research that shows exercise is necessary for learning.

“There’s lots of evidence now that exercise actually improves test scores,” Ratey said in a phone interview.

He’ll be in Charlotte Thursday to speak at the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance and Endowment’s annual Community Health Luncheon. He’ll talk about how even moderate exercise can sharpen thinking, enhance memory, relieve stress and depression, and slow the effects of aging.”


Ratey will be speaking at the MMAE Community Health Luncheon on April 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

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