2024 Ruth French Lecture: “Physical Activity and Health – How Much (Little) is Enough?” presented by I-Min Lee

Date / Time

April 2, 2024

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The UIC College of Applied Health Sciences invites alumni, students, faculty and staff to attend the 2024 Ruth French Lecture:

“Physical Activity and Health – How Much (Little) is Enough? presented by I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In this presentation, we will summarize the scientific evidence that clearly shows physical activity to be important for health, function and well-being. These studies, largely using self-reported physical activity, have led to current guidelines for adults that recommend at least 150 min/week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, as well as muscle-strengthening exercises on at least two days a week. Unfortunately, a large portion of the population does not meet this recommendation; the proportion is even higher among those with disabilities. Thus, an important public health question is – can smaller amounts of physical activity also benefit health? In recent years, research using wearable technology has allowed researchers to measure physical activity (especially small amounts) more accurately, helping to provide some answers. We will highlight recent research on how much (little) physical activity is needed for health. The findings are crucial for informing future physical activity guidelines.

Registration by March 25 is required.

For more information about this event, accommodation requests or other inquiries, contact Jessie Johnson at jessfaye@uic.edu.

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