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Date(s) - Apr/11/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Valley Health Wellness & Fitness Center


Join us for a running clinic with Dr. Mark Cucuzella, professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, LtCol in the U.S. Air Force, competitive runner, and running expert!

  • Improve your running form for injury prevention and performance
  • Build an aerobic base for life
  • Learn about nutrition for overall health and reversal of prediabetes and diabetes
  • Increase mobility and strength with age

We will meet at the Winchester Medical Center’s Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center, 401 Campus Boulevard, Winchester, VA in Conference Room B and then head outside for some practice. Runners/walkers of all abilities are welcome to attend and we are honored to have Dr. Cucuzella with us for this evening of running education.

Dr. Cucuzella has been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He has won the Air Force Marathon twice. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running.  Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.  Mark’s vision of medical care as it should be is housed in his site www.natureprescriptions.org

Mark’s innovative work and story has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Outside Magazine, Running Times, Runners World, Air Force Times, the Washington Post, JAMA, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and other medical and media outlets.  He has been named a Blue Ridge Outdoors Running Pioneer, part of a project that celebrates the continuing legacies of 100 outdoor pioneers who have shaped the region’s recreation, conservation, and adventure. http://blueridgeoutdoors.com/outdoor-pioneers/dr-mark-cucuzzella/

Mark is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote health and better fitness in the military with the USAF Efficient Running Project.  In his community and medical school he has been a tireless promoter of nutritional interventions in patients with any spectrum of the metabolic syndrome and introducing low carb options for hospital patients.  He is a member of The Nutrition Coalition advocating for scientific scrutiny in nutritional policy.  He was a lead writer of one of the first grants supporting education of Medical Students in nutrition and physical activity through the MEDCHEFS program, now in its third year.  Mark is also the lead on a large USDA grant to double SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets with the goal of reducing food insecurity as a barrier to healthier eating.