EMMC to host Childhood Obesity Discussion

09/30/2008

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated by 2010, as many as 50 percent of children in the United States, ages six to 19, will be overweight. In Maine, recent data compiled by the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate 25 percent of high school students are overweight; a figure that could be much higher because the numbers were self-reported.

"We are in the middle of an epidemic, and we must do something to reverse the trend," says Peter Ver Lee, MD, FACC, of Northeast Cardiology Associates. "This is a complex problem, and it will take efforts on multiple fronts, including the medical community, the legislature, our schools, parents, and of course, our kids."

There are demonstrated ways to slow or reverse this trend. This Thursday, Eastern Maine Medical Center and Northeast Cardiology welcome renowned cardiologist, Kim Eagle, MD, clinical director of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan, who will discuss the Project Healthy Schools program. The successful program was developed in the Ann Arbor School System and is designed to teach sixth grade students about heart-healthy lifestyles. Please join us for:

The Ann Arbor Experience – Project Healthy Schools
Thursday, October 2
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School
Free and open to the public


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