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Harvard expert on mind-body connection to give March 21 lecture

The MTSU community can shake off the winter blues by learning how to use their bodies to strengthen their minds at an enlightening rescheduled lecture set for Monday, March 21.

Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, will explain how to energize the brain through exercise and physical activity at 6 p.m. March 21 in the Student Union Ballroom.

Ratey, an internationally recognized expert in neuropsychology, has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and eight books, including “Driven to Distraction” and “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.”

One of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection, Ratey has embarked on a worldwide quest to get schools, corporations and individuals to use exercise for achieving peak performance and optimum mental health.

The MTSU Distinguished Lecture Series, the MTSU departments of psychology and health and human performance, and the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance are sponsoring Ratey’s appearance. His visit originally was planned for Feb. 1 but was postponed because of inclement weather.

This event is free and open to the public. A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

For more information, contact Kristi Phillips, instructor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, at 615-904-8326 or kristi.phillips@mtsu.edu.

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