UAMS Expert on Geriatric Nutrition and Exercise To Testify Before Congressional Special Committee on Aging

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – William J. Evans, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise Laboratory in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will testify before the Congressional Special Committee on Aging at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30, in the Senate Hart Building, Room 216, in Washington D.C.


U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln will introduce Evans, who was invited to testify on the science of aging and the health benefits of nutrition and exercise. He is a nationally-known advocate for senior nutrition and exercise and is the author of Astrofit, a program for senior citizens and others based on the health and fitness program used by astronauts to reverse the effects of space travel.


Evans is also professor of geriatrics, physiology and nutrition in the UAMS College of Medicine and a research scientist with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.