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Machias Chamber to host Eggs and Issues on Obesity and Hunger

Posted Jan. 02, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine – Hunger and Obesity in Maine will be the next topic for the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues series, a presentation postponed from December due to a winter storm.

The solution to Maine’s “brain drain” may be as simple as feeding a child well. Hunger and obesity are more than moral issues – they are a healthcare issue, an education issue, and ultimately, an economic issue. With 1 in 4 children in Maine living with food insecurity, are we hamstringing a quarter of our future workers? How does this affect your business?

The forum will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, at Helen’s Restaurant. The panel of speakers will be Alf Wakeman, pediatrician at Down East Community Hospital; Joseph Ferrier, nutrition specialist at Washington County: One Community; and Mitchell Look, principal at Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

The public is welcome. Guests purchase their own breakfast.

The Machias Chamber of Commerce hosts the Eggs and Issues forums each month. Previous topics have included the Free ME proposal and Washington County advocacy. The topic for February is Competing with a Digital Marketplace with speakers Jesse Perez of Axiom, Dawn Gooch of Baahurrah Farm and Ryan Malagara, owner of the It/eBay Store. For more information, call 255-4402.

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