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Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship at Loyola marks opening with seminar on artists' health care and wellness

October 17, 2008

As its first event, the Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship at Loyola University New Orleans will present “Health Care, Wellness and the Artist,” a seminar that focuses on health care options and wellness issues for artists.

The seminar takes place in two sessions on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at 1 p.m., for the first session, and 2:50 p.m., for the second session, in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall, on Loyola’s main campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Speakers Jim Brown, managing director of the Health Insurance Resource Center with the Artists’ Fund, Randall Dick of Health and Safety Sports Consultants, LLC and the American College of Sports Medicine, and Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine program, will present at the seminar.

Brown will discuss specific health care plans and opportunities for artists, both locally and nationally, during the first session at 1 p.m.

Brown’s organization, the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center, has been the central resource for artists nationwide in finding affordable health insurance. It also assists individuals in finding access to affordable health care and paying medical bills, and serves as an advocacy group in changing the health care system in the U.S. Entertainment professionals may receive telephone or in-person counseling at the AHIRC offices to learn about ways to obtain appropriate health insurance and health care.

Dick and Hutber will speak about wellness issues, exercise as medicine, and mutual applications of research and training techniques between the sports medicine and performing arts communities during a second session at 2:50 p.m.

Formally with the NCAA Injury Surveillance System, Dick has an extensive background in sports injury research and data collection.

Hutber’s organization, Exercise is Medicine,™ focuses on encouraging primary care physicians to include exercise when designing patient treatment plans. The program is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity assist in the prevention and treatment of diseases, and both should be assessed as part of medical care.

For more information about the CFMAE or the “Health Care, Wellness and the Artist,” contact Kevin Coogan with the CFMAE at kacoogan@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-3977. Additional information can also be found on the CFMAE website at http://www.cfmae.org.

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