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Christmas, resolutions, Catt-Trax 2 – Issues, experts and ideas

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December 18, 2006

The spiritual side of Christmas
Getting fit: It's all in your head
Catt-Trax 2: Amazon to Antarctica

The spiritual side of Christmas
Politically correct messaging and must-have toy shopping aside, how is Christmas faring as a spiritual event? SFU humanities professor emeritus Donald Grayston, an Anglican minister who gave a sermon on the very topic on Sunday, can assess the spiritual side of Christmas. He can also trace the roots of Boxing Day.

Donald Grayston, 604.709.0883; donald_grayston@sfu.ca

Getting fit: It's all in your head
It's that time of year when fitness studios across the country can, in good conscience, oversell their annual memberships because they know our best-laid fitness plans will go astray sometime around the end of January. It takes more than a well-intentioned resolution to make yourself over and SFU sports psychologist David Cox can talk about the mental discipline necessary to begin and maintain a personal fitness program.

David Cox, 604.291.6667, cox@sfu.ca

Catt-Trax 2: Amazon to Antarctica
Danny Catt is a modern-day voyageur. As an SFU biology student he paddled the Fraser River during the 1990 reenactment of Simon Fraser’s voyage. In 2002 he trekked the eastern coast of Africa looking at sustainability issues. On Jan. 1, he begins Catt-Trax 2: Amazon to Antarctica, to investigate environmental connections between ours and the southern continents, and how our actions influence other ecosystems. The BCIT instructor and naturalist will be tracked by more than 1,000 B.C. students on his website, www.catt-trax2.bcit.ca. Some will even participate in live lectures during his five-month journey.

Danny Catt, 604.451.6727; Danny_Catt@bcit.ca (Danny will also be available the week after Christmas)