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REF NO.: 60

SUBJECT: Memorial University Café Scientifique focusing on childhood obesity

DATE: Nov. 14,2011

           It’s estimated that one in four children in Newfoundland and Labrador are obese or overweight – conditions associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased incidence of asthma and Type 2 diabetes.
            What’s the root of this epidemic? Can childhood obesity be prevented? And how do we help children and families who are dealing with obesity?
            On Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-4 p.m., join Memorial University researchers, Drs. Guang Sun, Laurie Twells and Antony Card, for a Café Scientifique event that will delve into these issues in an informal and interactive discussion.
            Café Scientifique is not a lecture, it’s a place for the community and researchers to come together to share the latest research and discuss community issues in a relaxed group discussion.
            The café is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
            The event will take place at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Seating is limited, so please reserve your place by calling 864-4073 or emailing

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Researchers are available for media interviews.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Meaghan Whelan, communications co-ordinator, Office of the Vice-President (Research), at 864-4073 or 687-9243 or


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