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Fourth Annual Wellness TRYathlon

Event features activities to physically challenge the aging adult and an Italian themed-lunch catered to the taste of seniors

Posted: April 21, 2008

Denver – Seniors love soup, lemon and strong-tasting foods, according to Michael Wray, associate professor and director of Hotel, Tourism and Events (HTE) department at Metropolitan State College of Denver. With this in mind, 18 HTE students will prepare and serve a special meal to participants in Metro State’s fourth annual Wellness TRYathlon that is designed to educate Auraria Campus community members on leading a positive and healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, the goal is that participants will then share that knowledge with their colleagues, families and friends.

“We are asking our audience to relay what they learn during the luncheon to the seniors in their family,” says Wray.

The event will be held today from 11-1:30 p.m. on the Auraria Campus (11 a.m. at the West court in the PE Events Center for keynote and activities; the Plaza Building at noon for the luncheon.)

The 2008 TRYathlon will focus on health and wellness issues for the aging adult. Forty Auraria students, staff and faculty were identified as potential “change agents” and recruited to participate in this invitation-only event, which includes a keynote presentation, exercise routines and concludes with an Italian-themed lunch.

As in past years, the program will highlight three aspects: healthy movement, stress management and nutrition. Keynote speaker Joe Quatrochi, professor of Human Performance and Sport at Metro State, will address common myths regarding physical activity and health among the aging population. Aging adults face unique physical challenges, including lack of strength, balance, resistance training, and cardiovascular fitness.

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The Menu: Cold asparagus soup, garbanzo bean salad served with marinated and grilled Portobello mushroom, vegetable lasagna with low-fat cheese, low-fat focaccia bread, and almond anise biscotti with lemon sorbet on top.

UNIQUE VISUALS: Photographers and reporters are welcome to the behind-the-scenes meal prep in the Metro State kitchens beginning at 10 a.m. in Plaza Building, Room 124.

2008 TRYathlon sponsors include Campus Recreation at Auraria, Auraria Library, Health Center at Auraria, Metropolitan State College of Denver Office of Institutional Diversity, BACCHUS Network, Clif Bars, Colorado Beef Council, and Apple, Inc.


Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at