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Food Matters training 05-14-2011 at Boston University School of Medicine

May 14, 2011 - May 14, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts

Food Matters logo

Food Matters:
A Clinical Education and Advocacy Program

What Clinicians Need to Know About Our Food System to Help Ensure Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Families and a Healthy Planet

Registration: $50 / person (includes sustainable lunch)

 Health Care Without Harm logo  Boston University logo

Saturday, May 14, 2011

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Boston University School of Medicine

72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118


Developed by

Health Care Without Harm

Boston Medical Center

San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility

University of California's San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and Environment

Jointly Sponsored by

Health Care Without Harm

Boston University School of Medicine


What we eat profoundly impacts the health of individuals, our communities, and the environment. Obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, childhood cancer and other chronic diseases are the costly consequences of our current consumption patterns, both in terms of human well-being and healthcare expenditures. The present model of clinical education does not place emphasis on a prevention based approach and excludes a thorough understanding of the impact of our food system on human health.

The Food Matters training for physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other maternal/child healthcare professionals will review the obesity and western disease epidemic and links to the current science around exposures to environmental toxicants within our food system and the impacts of these exposures on pediatric, reproductive, and ecological health. The Food Matters program is a comprehensive package to encourage hospitals and healthcare professionals to become leaders and advocates for a food system that promotes public and environmental health.

Speakers Include:

  • Food Matters Course Director: Alan Meyers MD.,MPH. Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • Ted Schettler MD., MPH. Science and Environmental Health Network
  • Sean Palfrey MD. Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • David Wallinga MD., MPA. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Vivian Morris RD. Director of Community Initiatives Nutrition and Fitness for Life Program, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • Anne McHugh MS, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Karen Spiller, Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness

For more information contact:

Michelle Gottlieb at mbgottlieb@comcast.net, 617-216-5658
or Stacia Clinton at stacia.clinton@comcast.net

 Download a PDF flyer for distribution:

 Food Matters training - Boston, May 14, 2011


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify trends in our current system of food production, processing and distribution.
  • Identify health impacts associated with our food system, both in terms of the human lifecycle, with a focus on maternal and child health, as well as ecological health.
  • Describe the clinician's role in developing a healthier food system through advocacy efforts with patients and their families, within health care facilities to create healthier food service operations, and within the community to promote policies that support the development of a healthy, fair and accessible food system.
  • Describe the importance of the health care sector acting as a community model, with healthy foods as part of their healing mission.

Food Matters Program is in Collaboration With:

Partners Healthcare logoAmerican Academy of Pediatrics logoMetroWest Medical Center logo


Accreditation Statements:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Boston University School of Medicine and Health Care Without Harm. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours 4.5.

Disclosure Policy:

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.


To request reasonable accommodations for a disability please notify, Michelle Gottlieb (mbgottlieb@comcast.net) in writing as soon as possible.