Aerobics Creator and Fitness Expert Scheduled Speaker for Scholarship Dinner

The Lubbock Crosby Garza County Medical Society (LCGCMS) Foundation will host Well Into the Future 2013, a scholarship dinner to benefit Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical students, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the U.S. faces a shortage of more than 130,000 physicians by 2025 as the population ages and 32 million more Americans obtain insurance under health care reform. Rising tuition costs for medical students can be a deterrent with the median education debt beginning at $170,000 for 2012 medical school graduates.

Naga Bushan, M.D., past president of the LCGCMS and current president of the LCGCMS Foundation, said scholarships are essential to keep providing needed physicians in West Texas.

“TTUHSC’s presence in West Texas has a multi-billion dollar impact in the area,” Bushan said. “The School of Medicine has educated many physicians in our community and the LCGCMS wants to raise more scholarship funds to attract the best medical students to West Texas.”

Keynote speaker will be Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., MPH, who introduced the concept of aerobics. He is the author of “Aerobics,” which emphasized a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. His point system is the basis of the 10,000 steps per day method of maintaining adequate fitness by walking.

Cooper is the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, and the nonprofit research and education organization, The Cooper Institute, which opened in 1970.

The event will include dinner and a dance with music by the Don Turner Jazz Band. For more information about the event, contact the LCGCMS at (806) 785-7917.

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