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Experts to discuss impact of hazardous chemicals on rates of obesity and diabetes

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WATERVILLE, Maine — Scientists, policy experts, and medical and public health professionals will gather to discuss the emerging science on the impact of hazardous chemicals on the rising rates of obesity and diabetes and the public is invited to attend. “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us to Action,” kicks off with a welcome at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building at Colby College. One of the leading scientists in the field, Bruce Blumberg of the University of California-Irvine, will join other experts in the daylong conference to discuss how the chemicals we eat, drink, breathe and touch may contribute to obesity and diabetes. Blumberg will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public for a registration fee of $50. Speakers include Michael Dedekian of Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland; Michael Belliveau of the Environmental Health Strategy Center; Lisa Sockabasin, Maine’s director of the Office of Minority Health; Jerrold Heindel of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Elizabeth Hatch of Boston University’s School of Public Health; and Richard Denison of Environmental Defense Fund. The conference is co-hosted by Environmental Health Strategy Center and Colby’s Environmental Studies Program and Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. For a full schedule and to register, go to http://chemicalobesityconference2011.com.

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