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Models of Healthy Aging: Implications for Wellness Professionals | Barbara Broadbear & Jim Broadbear


Healthy aging and longevity research has advanced in dramatic and varied ways. This session explores three frameworks for healthy aging including the Blue Zones, Functional Medicine, and Master Athletes who train and compete at high levels into their 60’s and beyond. We compare and contrast key elements of each framework and examine implications for wellness programming. In addition, qualitative data from interviews with very healthy people in their 60s is presented to illustrate how the different frameworks manifest in people’s lifestyles. Having a long healthy life takes decades of consistent focus and we can help people get there.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. compare and contrast three significant frameworks of healthy aging and longevity.
  2. describe implications of the frameworks for evidence-informed wellness programming.
  3. identify the lifestyles of people who are aging well.

NOTE: "Registration" for individual sessions is not required. Once onsite, you may attend any sessions on the day(s) for which you are registered.


  • Barbara Broadbear, PhD, MPH, CIC

    Dr. Barbara Broadbear is an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Exercise Science and Sport at Millikin University. She earned her PhD from Indiana University, her MPH from the University of South Florida, and is a Certified Intrinsic Coach. She has worked in various health and wellness settings and is enjoying mentoring and learning from her students as they work through their professional preparation.

  • Jim Broadbear, PhD, CWP, NBC-HWC

    Jim Broadbear is Professor of Health Promotion & Education at Illinois State University where he leads programs in Integrative Health & Wellness and Health & Wellness Coaching. He is past Director and Exercise Physiologist in medically-based wellness centers.

August 28, 2024
Wed 1:30 PM CDT
In-person Individual session registration NOT required

Duration 1H 15M

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