Press Release for Monday, September 22, 2008

Physician Provides Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Family physician and National Public Radio talk show host Dr. Zorba Paster will discuss “How to Live a Long, Sweet Life” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, at the University Center Banquet Hall on the campus of the University of North Florida.

Paster’s down-to-earth style and irrepressible enthusiasm have made him a favorite with health and fitness-conscious public radio listeners for more than a decade. He first appeared on radio as a guest expert on Wisconsin Public Radio’s statewide newsmagazine, “Morning People” with Tom Clark. The two clicked, and Zorba became a regular guest on Clark’s statewide, morning drive-time call-in show. They were so well received that the duo teamed up for a weekly, national talk show called “Zorba Paster On Your Health.”

His column, “The Doctor’s In,” based on the radio series, was a popular monthly feature of Your Health Magazine in the late ‘90s. Since 2000, Paster has been editor of TopHealth, an employee newsletter that reaches more than one million readers monthly. His book, “The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life,” was published in February 2001.

Paster has traveled and studied extensively in Asia and India, where he volunteered medical expertise and services for the Tibetan refugee population in Northern India’s Himalayas. A clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he mentors medical students and also maintains a full-time clinical practice in Oregon, Wis.

In addition to being an active clinical researcher, Paster is a member of the Human Ethics Committee for St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and chairs the Human Ethics Committee for Dean Medical Center. He has also served as a past president of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2008 Lectures link.