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New York Times best-selling author to appear on campus

April 4, 2014

New York Times best-selling author, Tom Rath, will be speaking at UW-River Falls on April 16 about his latest book “Eat Move Sleep” and his latest research about how small choices can lead to big changes.

According to Rath’s website, Tomrath.org, Rath’s latest book, “Eat Move Sleep,” reveals his greatest passion and expertise about improving health and well-being.

It is geared towards helping people make good decisions in three interconnected areas, “With every bite you take, you will make better choices, you will move a lot more than you do today, and you will sleep better than you have in years.”

UWRF has been working hard since last year to invite Rath to come to campus and talk about his research and experiences. Anna Hunter, the student organization and leadership coordinator, and the Student Life office have found that students often struggle with their well-being and were hopeful that Rath would be able to help with students demanding lifestyles and help them find practical ways to alter their everyday choices.

“We found that Tom’s books are very practical and applicable to the student experience, as well as the experience of our faculty, staff, and community members,” Hunter said. “It was only appropriate to culminate our ‘Be Well’ Wyman Series with Tom addressing his latest book: Eat, Move, Sleep.”

Rath has dealt with hardships such as illness for more than 20 years. He will share his personal story about his battle with health issues, and describe how his journey led him to accumulate a wealth of research about the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping when it comes to our present and long-term health, as well as everyday energy.

Paul Shepherd, the director of Student Life, encourages students and other members of the community to take this opportunity to hear one of the most influential authors of the last decade speak about everything from well-being to organizational leadership.

“Tom’s message is relevant to everyday life and can make a positive difference in the lives of those who attend,” Shepherd said. “Tom is a nationally recognized researcher, author and speaker and seeing him in person is a unique opportunity. Normally, you would expect to pay a ticket price to see Tom speak, so being able to attend his event for free is a great opportunity you won’t find many other places.”

Rath will be speaking at UWRF on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom in the University Center about his latest book, research and how making simple changes in everyday life can change life for the better. There will be a book signing and question and answer session following the event. It is free and open to the public.

“Everyone who hears Tom speak will walk away with at least one new perspective or one idea for improving their physical wellbeing,” Hunter said. “It will be valuable to all. Just a simple evening with Tom Rath could have a substantial impact on one’s life.”