Childhood Obesity Conference in Bangor on Monday November, 8 | Events

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Childhood Obesity Conference in Bangor on Monday November, 8
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Studies indicate that some forty percent of Maine's youth entering kindergarten is overweight or obese. In addition to hindering healthy lifestyles, obesity costs the American people billions in medical expenses every year. The EMHS Youth Healthy Lifestyle Project, Let’s Go! - EMHS is partnering with schools, communities and others to find ways that together we can curb childhood obesity. Many of these folks will gather in Bangor next Monday.

The theme of the 2010 Maine Childhood Obesity Community session, hosted by Let’s Go!  - EMHS is to inspire, invigorate, educate, and collaborate. The “share and learn” session, beginning at 9am on Monday November 8, at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn seeks to bring together individuals and organizations working in their communities to combat childhood obesity. “Our hope is that out of this session learning can be shared and new networks and collaborative partners can be formed,” says Lee Averill, MHA, project coordinator for the EMHS Youth Healthy Lifestyle Project.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Jessica Donze-Black, national school director, Alliance for a Healthier Generation with a second presentation being delivered by Val O’Hara, DO of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Way to Optimal Weight program (WOW). Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in one of three of breakout sessions that highlight successful community childhood obesity prevention programs, as well as an overview of the Let’s Go! model and the 5-2-1-0 message for healthy lifestyles. At the end of the day, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions with attendees from their communities or geographic region to discuss successes and struggles in the fight to reduce childhood obesity.

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