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Program Empowers Parents to Confront
Childhood Obesity

Toronto - October 27, 2003 - With childhood asthma, allergies, obesity and diabetes on the rise in Canada, it's critical that parents take action. That's why The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is offering a free, week-long awarenessevent geared toward parents and their children.

"Nutritional counselling is key to treating and preventing obesity, which has been linked to a variety of childhood illnesses," says naturopathic doctor Nick De Groot, Dean of Clinical Education at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

According to the Toronto Heart Health Partnership, one-third of Canadian children are overweight or obese, significantly increasing their risk for early onset of chronic diseases, including Type-II diabetes.

To educate the public about nutrition, CCNM is hosting a free seminar on Monday, November 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. "Nutritional Planning for the Busy Family" launches a series of health-related seminars offered during CCNM's first-ever Kidz 'n Teens Health Week, running from Monday, November 3 - Sunday, November 9.

Other seminar topics include "Nutritional Support for the Young Athlete," and "Natural Approaches to Common Childhood Illnesses."

A family-friendly environment, the college will operate a free, supervised children's play area while parents attend the seminars.

For more information or a complete schedule, visit www.ccnm.edu/news.html.

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, established in 1978, offers Canada's only accredited four-year, full time professional program in naturopathic medicine. Graduates receive a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) diploma. The college is home to the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, where students train under the direction of regulated naturopathic doctors, Interns use safe, non-invasive therapies and gentle techniques.

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