Frederick Kasch, a health and fitness pioneer, died earlier this month at a
In 1958, at was then known as San Diego State College, Kasch started one of the first adult fitness programs in the country and pioneered long-term studies documenting the effect of exercise on the aging cardiovascular system, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Kasch, an avid jogger for most of his life, shunned the belief that anyone older than 35 should cut down on exercise.
The program began as a class for men between the ages of 35 and 60 who wanted to stay healthy. The class also included some men with heart problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or who had suffered heart attacks.
Joyce Gattas, dean of
He was a man before his time, Gattas said. There werent all these gyms 50 years ago like there are now. He was probably a lone voice out there talking about the importance of exercise.
Kasch earned two doctorates, one from