‘The Foundations of Health’ Subject of UA Arthritis Center Lecture, Oct. 5

Thursday, September 22, 2016

“Modern medicine offers the exciting promise of reducing disease, restoring function and preventing illness. It does not promise to enhance health. That task is in our hands, and the tools to accomplish it are neither complicated nor limited…,” writes Michael J. Hewitt, PhD, Canyon Ranch’s research director for exercise science and October’s Living Healthy With Arthritis lecture series presenter.

Dr. Hewitt will reveal “The Foundations of Health,” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Free and open to the public, the 75-minute presentation will include time for questions and answers.

In this practical and inspiring presentation on true preventive medicine and the importance of physiological resilience, Dr. Hewitt will share his own personal journey of resilience and triumph that took place at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

True preventive medicine is mom’s medicine: “eat your vegetables, go out and play, do your homework first, get to bed.” These universal maternal admonishments—representing nutrition, physical activity, stress management and sleep—are the foundations of health and form the platform upon which resilience, longevity and vitality rest.

While these foundations are critical to optimal health, the story does not end there; prevention is just one step, Dr. Hewitt notes. Individual paths will differ and the road is not without twists and turns. Sometimes, preventive medicine is not enough, and illness prevails despite our best intentions and our best efforts.

It is here where resilience—physiological, emotional, spiritual and even financial resilience—can have the greatest impact on who succumbs and who thrives…and resilience can be learned. Current scientific evidence, clinical guidelines and real-world interventions show the powerful role resilience plays.

Seating for the lecture is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the UA Arthritis Center website,, or call 520-626-5040 or email

Parking is available in the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson visitor/patient parking garage just south of the hospital’s main entrance; please bring your parking ticket to the lecture to be validated for free parking.

If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a Sign Language interpreter or disability-related accommodations, please contact Tracy Shake, 520-626-5040, email:

About Dr. Hewitt

Dr. Hewitt earned his master's degree in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Arizona. As research director for exercise science and a clinical exercise physiologist with a twenty-five-year tenure at Tucson’s famed Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Dr. Hewitt has written more than 15,000 exercise prescriptions. In addition to numerous abstracts, articles and monographs, his chapter on prescribing exercise has been revised and published in all four editions of Dr. David Rakel’s clinical textbook, Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Hewitt serves on the scientific advisory board for the National Speaking of Women's Health Foundation, is an advisor to the non-profit Canyon Ranch Institute, and has served on the industry advisory board for the American Council on Exercise. He has been a keynote speaker for Speaking of Women's Health, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the International Longevity Center and the National Association of Women Physicians. Dr. Hewitt has traveled across the United States and internationally lecturing on the topics of preventive medicine and optimal health, and has shared the stage with such diverse speakers as 17th Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the Dalai Lama.

About “Living Healthy With Arthritis”

The lecture is part of the “Living Healthy with Arthritis” series of free monthly talks presented by the UA Arthritis Center at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and supported through the Susan and Saul Tobin Endowment for Research and Education in Rheumatology.

The final lecture in the fall 2016 series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, when Kenneth Hood, DO, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, will present “Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments for Common and Complex Forms of Back Pain.” The lecture will be held 6-7:15 p.m., at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium.

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease. For more information, please visit

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information:

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