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Training Webinar on Environmental Drivers of Chronic Disease

May 18, 2010 - May 19, 2010

Expand your knowledge of environmental health across the lifespan and your comfort level on speaking to others on this topic. Join Greater Boston PSR and Ted Schettler MD MPH, Healthy Aging report co-author and a leading expert on environmental health, in a training webinar based on key findings of the Healthy Aging report.


The 1.5 hour webinar will be held on the following dates:


Tuesday, May 18th 1pm EDT, 10am PDT

Wednesday, May 19th 9pm EDT, 6pm PDT


Please respond by May 1st to with the subject “EDCC Training Webinar” and indicate which date you will attend. You will be sent instructions on how to access the webinar and provided background material.


The webinar will feature a PowerPoint Presentation complete with references and speaker notes, plus time for questions and answers.


It will cover the following:


-Environmental factors as key drivers of many common chronic diseases

-How environmental factors alter key biological pathways leading to chronic disease

-Important environmental determinants of health including food system/nutrition and diet, toxic chemicals, built environment/physical activity, and psychological and socioeconomic stress

-Examples of cross cutting solutions for healthy people and a healthy environment


This is an excellent opportunity to engage and activate PSR chapter members in a concrete activity that they can use to educate patients and peers. Help us expand the PSR speaker’s bureau on environmental health issues and enlist new constituencies, such as the burgeoning aging community, in efforts to promote health and prevent disease.


The webinar PowerPoint and other Healthy Aging materials will be made available to attendees. 




Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging: A Report by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and Science and Environmental Health Network


A new synthesis of medical research reveals that, even in people who are genetically predisposed, environmental factors play a major role in the overwhelming majority of cases of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Diet, exercise, exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental pollutants, and socioeconomic stress can alter biochemical pathways influencing the risk of these diseases, and other chronic illnesses termed the “Western disease cluster”– diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome – themselves risk factors for neurodegeneration.


This collection of diseases is driven by dramatic alterations over the past 50 to 100 years in the U.S. food supply, a built environment that encourages an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, proliferation of environmental chemicals, and other factors. By modifying these factors, the risks for these diseases can be dramatically reduced, and the odds greatly improved for delaying or even preventing disease onset.