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Massey students aim high
More than 1300 Massey University
students are graduating at ceremonies
in Palmerston North this week.
The five ceremonies are followed by
parades along Broadway Ave to The
Forty-two students will receive doc-
toral degrees -- the highest academic
qualification. Another 112 will gain
Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey is
pleased to see so many students
achieving a doctoral degree.
The research done by this group
spans much of the broad range of
expertise Massey offers... and I am
sure they will all make outstanding
contributions to their fields and com-
This year's doctorates are in science,
business, education, arts and two in
Script changes Rusty's life
Rusty by name not nature: Russell Harris says being involved with the Green Prescription programme has been a special
and life-changing experience.
Photo: LEILANI HATCH
By JUDITH LACY
Russell Harris's voice is familiar to
many speedway goers and listeners
of Newstalk ZB's Manawatu Sports
But the 74-year-old is talking to
The Tribune about what people do
not see when he is behind the micro-
phone -- his physical and mental
Towards the end of last year Mr
Harris completed Sport Manawatu's
Green Prescription programme
after his doctor recommended it. His
GP thought Mr Harris was carrying
too much weight.
Green Prescription prescribes low
impact physical activity and
nutritional advice. It is about cre-
ating a lifestyle change that can
form a habit for life -- not a short
Classes are held at the Lido
Aquatic Centre and CLM Health
and Fitness, and Mr Harris learnt
how to use gym apparatus.
He was also taught exercises he
can do at home, which are so simple
he can do them in front of the tele-
You don't have to go to a gym to
exercise, that's one of the great
things. You can exercise at home or
you can walk or bike or do many
things. It is about keeping active.''
Since the programme finished, Mr
Harris is keeping fit by cycling.
He bought his first bike when he
was 17 and the second when he was
71. I just reversed the numbers.''
Cycling is easy on his knees.
It's finding an activity that your
body can handle. There's always a
bit of pain -- no pain, no gain.''
Palmerston North is brilliantly
set up'' for riding a bike as you can
go for kilometres without having to
worry about crossing traffic.
You can go all over the city, basi-
cally, without turning right all the
He found Green Prescription co-
ordinator Katrina Gemmell and her
staff exceptionally good'' and did
not feel like he was being talked
You do what you are capable of
doing and then try to improve on it.''
Mr Harris has implemented what
he learnt about nutrition and exer-
cise from the two hours a week, 10
weeks programme and says his gen-
eral health -- physical and mental --
He eats half as much as he used
to but it is better quality food and he
is doing more cooking for himself.
It is a mental discipline to stay
within the programme, but when
you are getting results it makes it a
Rusty, as he is known to many,
has lost weight and his doctor is
delighted with his progress.
Mr Harris lives on his own and
enjoyed the extra motivation the
group-based programme provided.
On Sunday mornings they would go
for a walk.
Three years ago Mr Harris
decided he was in a little bit of a
rut'' so joined Higgins as a truck
But there is a lot of variety in his
four-day-a-week job and he does as
much manual work as he can.
To him age is a number.
I just say it's better to be 70
years young than 40 years old.''
Challenge is important to Mr
I think people have to keep chal-
lenging themselves. Whether it is in
work or doing Green Prescription
you must continue to challenge
yourself through life. Never let it
get bland and ordinary and you
have to enjoy it as well; a little bit of
fun and enjoyment doesn't go
He has been the city's speedway
commentator since 1978. He also
hosts community events, most
recently a Palmerston North Rescue
Helicopter charity dinner.
I think a lot about life is your
mental outlook and you have to do
things that are
To find out if Green Prescription is
right for you, visit
sportmanawatu.org.nz/grx or ring
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