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Health issues part of symposium

Preventative medicine and proactive health are the subject of an upcoming symposium at the University of Guelph put on by the department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences.
“It’s a great learning opportunity with very interesting speakers,” organizing committee member Lisa Richardson said in an email. “The symposium also offers community members the chance to see what is happening at the university.”
Called Shaping the Shield: an Exploration of Contemporary Research in Proactive Health, the symposium is a day-long lecture series taking place Jan. 11. Tickets are available right up to the day of the event, said Richardson.
The day will include four feature speakers, as well as a student panel in the middle of the day, which is meant to stimulate scientific discussion at the student level.
The speakers include Western University’s Dr. J. David Spence, who will speak on stroke prevention; Dr. Mark Tremblay of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research and the University of Ottawa, speaking on the perils of inactivity; Waterloo naturopathic doctor Kim Bretz, who will speak about infancy and health outcomes later in life; and U of G’s Dr. Jess Haines, who will talk about community- and family-based interventions promoting healthy behaviour in preschool children.
More information on the symposium is available the Facebook page, 2014 HHNS Symposium. For tickets, contact Anne Lovett-Hutchinson at or 519-824-4120, ext. 56171.

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