/R E P E A T -- Media invitation - Is there a connection between childhood obesity and the media? How about postal codes?/

    Well-known experts on children and weight issues share their views on
    this timely subject

    MONTREAL, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Childhood obesity is an increasingly
serious problem in Canada. Currently, 16% of Quebec children between the ages
of 4 and 7 are overweight.
    Obesity is the most widespread lifestyle-related illness affecting
Canadian children and adolescents. Lifestyle itself is impacted by other
factors, many of which are very hard to control. While fingers are often
pointed at the media for promoting distorted body image, there is growing
evidence that where a child lives has a direct impact on his/her likelihood of
coming overweight.
    Organized by the Danone Institute of Canada, the symposium, "Childhood
obesity: A Real Look for Real Change" will be an opportunity to shed some
light on this important issue.

    What:       Danone Institute of Canada Symposium on Childhood Obesity
    Where:      SIAL Montréal 2009
                Agora Nutrition
                Palais des congrès de Montréal
    When:       Wednesday, April 1, from 10:15 am to 1 pm


    10:15 am    Opening remarks and introduction
                Dr. Peter Jones, PhD
                President of the Danone Institute of Canada

    10:30 am    "Obesity:  Nutrition versus metabolism"
                Dr. Emile Levy, MD, PhD
                J.A. de Sève research chair in nutrition

    11:10 am    "Rethinking our approach to weight issues: inspired by a new
                Ms. Fannie Dagenais, P.Dt, MSc
                Director and spokesperson, EquiLibre, Groupe d'action sur le

    12:05 pm    "The social gradient in childhood obesity: search for
                Dr. Adam Drewnowski, PhD
                Director, University of Washington, Center for Obesity

    12:45 pm    Question period and closing remarks
                Dr. Peter Jones, PhD
                President of the Danone Institute of Canada

    1:00 pm     End of the symposium

For further information:

For further information: Rosalie Martel, Enzyme, Cell: (514) 713-4225;
André Fortin, Enzyme, Cell: (514) 261-0129

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