5th Annual Recognition Award & Reception – November 4th 7-9 pm

Please join us to recognize this year’s Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project’s Award winner; Dr. Howard Koh, professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for his work in the area of cancer prevention.

Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project's 5th Annual Recognition Award Winner
Dr. Howard Koh

Dr. Koh was a Professor at BU Medical School back in the 1980’s where he co-directed one of the few courses in Cancer Prevention given at the graduate level at that time. By 1997, Gov. William Weld appointed Koh the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a position he maintained until 2003. During this time he was a champion for tobacco control, secondary prevention of cancer, newborn screening, suicide prevention, global public health initiatives and organ donation. From there, he became a Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health before becoming Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services at HHS in Washington, DC from 2009 to 2014. His responsibilities included promoting cancer control, nutrition and exercise, adult immunization, environmental health and climate change, women’s health, adolescent health, behavioral health and substance abuse, health literacy, multiple chronic conditions, organ donation and epilepsy.

Refreshments and beverages will be served in the Wellesley College Club Council Dining Room to the sounds of a jazz trio and pianist. Please let us know if you will be joining us by Oct. 28th via info@wcpponline.org

Are GMOs Safe? What the Science Tells Us
 – Sheldon Krimsky PhD

Free and Open to the Public, Thursday, October 8, 2015 

Wellesley Free Public Library, Wakelin Room 7-9 PM

If you are like me, you are confused about what to think about Genetically Modified Sheldon Krimsky PhDOrganisms (GMO’s)?  There is lots of “information” being distributed on the news, on the web, in public conversation about GMO’s that can leave one feeling confused as to what is true and what is hype! Some prominent scientists and policymakers assert with confidence that there is no scientific controversy over the health effects of GMOs—these GM crops are inherently safe and do not have to be tested. The scientific evidence, however, reveals a different story. The talk reveals how politics and corporate interests have distorted an honest look at the health and environmental effects of GMO crops.

If you want to get a better understanding , come find out for yourself so you can make your own decision. Sheldon Krimsky PhD has given this lecture in many venues including the Cambridge Public Library and the New York Public Library.  Now he is coming to Wellesley to present the information he has gathered about the GMO corn, soybean and cotton crops that are intimately tied into our food system.

If you are a parent or grandparent with young children, an adolescent or even a young adult, this is a not to be missed event!!  He is a leading expert on the research done to date on GMO’s and he gives a very informative, straight-forward and objective review of everything that he has gathered about this newer seed line.   While he has many lifetime accomplishments, including being the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of  Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences, Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Community  Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University, the 2012-2014 Carol Zicklin Visiting Endowed Professorship in the Honors Academy and Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, CUNY, adjunct professor in The New School, at Milano during the summer, as well as the author of 14 books and over 200 papers,  he is very down to earth, engaging, ethical, and an easy-to-follow  speaker.   Questions and answers will follow his talk.  Bring yourself, bring your family and bring your friends…There is no charge to attend and all are welcome!
Co-Sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library and Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

Mind-body Medicine for Cancer Prevention

THURSDAY, MAY 20th, 2015  7:00-8:30 PM

Wellesley Free Public Library, Wakelin Room

According to experts at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Dr. Ann WebsterBody Medicine, even when faced with the worst possible news from your doctor, some of your recovery may actually be in your own control.

Health psychologist Dr. Ann Webster was in the midst of a very different, thriving career when a loved one’s illness first brought her into the world of hospital care and the needs of people with a life-threatening diagnosis. It was an experience that changed her life.  Come hear Ann Webster’s talk on Mind/Body Medicine and learn more about the upcoming film Everything Matters

In 1987, Dr. Webster joined the staff of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as Director of the BHI Cancer Program, and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and maintains a demanding schedule as an author, lecturer, and teacher in addition to her patient care work.  Read more here on Dr. Ann Webster.Everything Matters

According to experts at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, even when faced with the worst possible news from your doctor, some of your recovery may actually be in your own control.  But thanks to a few simple, yet powerful techniques, people are not only surviving, but thriving, as they battle cancer.  Watch NewsCenter 5’s report

Webster first approached the filmmakers wanting the stories of some of her remarkable patients told. What she never imagined was being in front of the camera herself; her story and tireless commitment to those facing devastating illness form a central element this documentary film.

This lecture is sponsored by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project and the Wellesley Free Library and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.