Professor Steve Stannard will debunk some of the myths around food, exercise and thrifty genes at his inaugural professorial lecture next week.
Professor Stannard is head of Massey’s School of Sport and Exercise, and has also been an elite cyclist.
In this lecture he will pull together his experience as both a scientist and an athlete to challenge some of the current theories regarding high-performance sport, nutrition, and the modern New Zealand diet.
“We are often told to eat breakfast to kick start our metabolism, and that breakfast has to be a high carb meal to provide energy to get through the day, especially for athletes,” he says. “But with that in mind, how did our hunter-gatherer ancestors survive without Kellogg's and a fridge?
“Understanding the physiology of an athlete, at one end of the physical health spectrum, is necessary to then understand the other end i.e. those with inactivity-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.”
Lecture details: Cavemen, cornflakes, and sport science: understanding the 'thrifty gene' Date: Monday, November 18, 5.30pm. Japan Lecture Theatre, Manawatū campus. A lecture by Professor Steve Stannard, Head of the School of Sport and Exercise, College of Health, Massey University.
Please RSVP to register your attendance, contact Sarah Golding, events co-ordinator S.L.Golding@massey.ac.nz.