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Health and Fitness are Focal Points for UMU Experts Lunch January 22

January 11, 2019

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The final UMU Experts: Lunch Series event for the 2018-2019 Academic Year will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at noon in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union. 

“Physical Activity vs. Exercise: Implications for Weight Management, Health and Fitness" will be the topic presented by Dr. Nathan Saunders, assistant professor of exercise science at Mount Union. As many seek ways to be healthier in the new year, the presentation will focus on ways in which anyone can achieve their fitness goals. 

A former figure skater and figure skating coach, Saunders has focused his research in kinesiology on skaters, as well as on mobility issues affecting older adults. Saunders, who joined the Mount Union faculty in 2016, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and his master’s and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. 

He is currently working on a research project called the “Steps Taken Against Neuromuscular Degeneration (STAND) Initiative” with Dr. Megan Salvatore, director of clinical education and assistant professor of physical therapy at Mount Union. The project offers free fitness testing for adults over the age of 40 and personalized consultations and activity recommendations. 

The cost to attend the event is $10 and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so to reserve a spot for the event, email Angi Swonger at or call (330) 823-6063. 

For more information on the UMU Experts series contact Ryan Smith at