Carondelet Health Network, along with the Pima County Health Department’s “Healthy Pima” Program, will hold the “Exercise is Medicine” Conference, Friday, March 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, 445 South Alvernon Way. To register for either free conference, visit

Friday, March 9 -- “Advancing Health through Faith and Fitness”
This conference is for clergy, health professionals, lay leaders and members to explore the theme of Faith, Food and Fitness.
• Pastor Michael Knecht, MDiv., Faith and Health Initiative Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, Loma Linda University Medical Center. Pastor Knecht has spoken at the White House and to Congress.
• Molly Gee, Med, RD, Managing Director Biomedical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Attendees will learn how faith communities can develop meaningful ministries that promote individual and community health by recommending practical approaches to implementing an active faith-based health and wellness program.

Saturday, March 10 -- “The Only Prescription With Unlimited Refills”
This conference is for health professionals to learn how to include exercise as a regular “prescription” to all their patients. Diet and lack of exercise account for more than 400,000 deaths annually. Right now only 30% of the population exercises regularly and 7 million adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Exercise has been shown to improve medical outcomes in chronic diseases.
• Russell D. White, MD, Professor of Medicine University of Missouri Kansas City, School of Medicine named to America’s Top Family Doctors.
• Steven Masley, MD, FAAFP, CNS,CCD, developer of “The Ten Years Younger Program” which has been featured on The Discovery Channel, NBC Weekend Today Show and many other programs.
• Molly Gee, Med, RD, Managing Director Biomedical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

The ‘Healthy Pima’ campaign is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pima County Health Department. The Pima County Health Department leads the effort in partnership with Activate Tucson, Carondelet Health Network, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, the University of Arizona, the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the YMCA of Southern Arizona. For more information, visit or call (520)243-7885.