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Experts discuss how to achieve peak performance

All-day conference will cover aging, health and fitness

From the biomechanics of sports to the impact of what people eat, local experts will share their knowledge on aging and fitness at the Health and Peak Performance Conference at the Bay Area Senior Games on Saturday, March 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Laura L. Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, will be the keynote speaker.

"The missing dialogue in our national debate on health care is personal responsibility," said Anne Warner Cribbs, 1960 Olympian and CEO of the Bay Area Senior Games. "At this conference we will offer information and discussion to empower our choices and fuel our vision for living a long and healthy life."

The topics are: A Long Bright Future (Laura Carstensen); Physiology of Aging: How Much is Preventable with Physical Activity? (Anne Friedlander); Athlete Nutrition (Clyde Wilson); Aging and the Immune System (Dr. Eswar Krishnan); Biomechanics of Sport (Rebecca Schultz); Brain/Body Synergy (Michael Merzenich); Senior Games Genome Project (Anne Warner Cribbs); Olympian Panel: Q & A (Anne Warner Cribbs, Barbra Higgins, Willie Banks). The conference will conclude with a reception.

One speaker, Clyde Wilson, believes everyone can achieve more of their goals by paying attention to their health.

Wilson is the founder of the Center for Human Nutrition and Exercise Science at the Sports Medicine Institute in Palo Alto. He teaches classes at Stanford University with titles such as "Food Facts, Fads and Pharmacology" and "An Eminently Sensible Intro to Nutrition: Separating Facts from Fads."

"The body is a machine much more complex than any sports car ever built, and just like a sports car, needs all its parts to work together," Wilson said. "The different parts of nutrition supply different parts of our body, which is why understanding balanced eating, not diets or supplements, is the basis of both health and performance."

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and admission to the Athlete Reception at 5 p.m. People can register by calling 650-323-9400. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch will not be available.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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