Anderson to Discuss Healthy Futures in Vision Series

Posted: March 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

David Anderson
David Anderson
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Imagine a society where individuals are healthy, productive, energetic and compassionate — a society of family groupings with open communication, healthy dialogue, caring attitude and nurturing relationships.

David Anderson, professor and director of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism at the College of Education and Human Development, will discuss his research into creating healthy futures during the final Vision Series lecture of this season.

His talk, “Legacy of Life: Creating Healthy Futures” will be presented on Monday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A reception will follow the lecture.

Anderson proposes that progress toward a society whose community agencies, organizations and governments facilitate systems and services designed for maximum health, safety, knowledge and potential is feasible; we can create healthier futures if we start with ourselves, focusing on a personal legacy. Anderson’s talk highlights seven convictions for healthier living, incorporating practical strategies for individual and collective action.

Anderson serves as project director and researcher on numerous national, state and local projects, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on drug and alcohol issues, community health, and health communications; conducts needs assessments; prepares evaluation and analysis; and assists with strategic planning.

His work emphasizes college students, school and community leaders, youth, program planners, and policy makers. He has co-written two national surveys on college drug and alcohol prevention efforts (the College Alcohol Survey, conducted every three years since 1979, and the Drug and Alcohol Survey of Community, Junior and Technical Colleges).

He has developed numerous risk assessment guides and resource materials, and has conducted extensive training throughout the United States and Micronesia. He is the recent co-editor of “Charting Your Course: A Lifelong Guide to Health and Compassion” (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998).

He received his BA from Duke University, with a major in psychology and a minor in business administration. His master’s degree, from the Ohio State University, is in student personnel administration. His PhD in public policy/public affairs is from Virginia Tech.

The Vision Series offers the community a chance to share the frontiers of research and creativity with practitioners from across a wide spectrum of work. Each lecture is free and open to the public, although tickets are required. See the web site to reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For information, call 703-993-8888.

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