The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project invites the public to a forum at the Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room, Tuesday February 7th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This free event, co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library, is open to the public and includes informational resources. Coffee and dessert will be served.  

Ashley Bade, RD, LDN, CNSD, a pediatric dietician at Newton Wellesley Hospital, will speak about how to develop a healthy eater. Ashley Bade specializes in many health-related areas including weight management, eating disorders, feeding behaviors and non-diet approach to life-long healthy eating.
Following Ashley Bade’s presentation, Dr. Martha Herbert will speak about developmental challenges and opportunities for the school-age child.  During the elementary school years, the child’s brain is learning to tackle increasingly complex challenges.  The child’s social and academic life will flourish when the brain is doing well, and suffer when the brain is not at its best.  And the health of the body can be a partner or an obstacle. 
Environmental influences such as food, toxins, infections and stress can make things better or worse.  This talk will cover optimal function, how to detect signs of problems across the dimensions of your child’s life, and how to improve the environment so your child can be resilient and flourish.
Dr. Herbert is a renowned pediatric neurologist and researcher, who is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and directs the TRANSCEND Research Program, which uses brain imaging and a whole body approach to study autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions.  
Dr. Herbert is particularly interested in environmental influences on brain and body health and development, and things we can do to reduce health problems and improve function.  Her forthcoming book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, publication date March 27, 2012) lays out a comprehensive, practical approach that is useful for autism and much more.
The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that studies the relationship between cancer and the environment with the goal of reducing health risk factors for residents of Wellesley and surrounding communities.