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Announcing Meals 2 Heal!

The WCPP is excited to put the Turkey Trot funds to work for our community. Soon we will launch Meals to Heal, a fresh meal delivery service for people undergoing cancer treatments and a new Android version of our SmartScan app. WCPP SmartScanThe app is free on iTunes and enables you to scan a barcode and obtain information about potentially harmful ingredients in your food, personal care and hardware products before you buy them.

Learn healthier choices for everyday items in your shopping cart. The ONLY APP that tells you what ingredients are potentially unsafe or harmful ingredients from the supermarket to the hardware store. Scan a product barcode and go - it’s easier than ever to know what is in the products you buy! Here is how it works: SmartScan checks ingredients against the SmartScan database of “potentially hazardous substances”, and ingredients that match the blacklist are given a “hazard rating” derived from the NFPA 704 standard. If no harmful ingredients are found, an “All Clear” notice is displayed.

*Notice*: Products receiving the “All clear” are not endorsed as safe, and products that receive hazard ratings are not necessarily dangerous when used correctly. Smart Scan is intended to be used as a quick aid to help catch harmful products, but results are not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and is not a replacement for proper research.

Download the app today on iTunes, for more information, read more here @  WCPP SmartScan App

And...Meals to Heal is a unique new service in that friends and family can order a meal from local participating restaurants and have it delivered within the hour by WCPP volunteers and supporters vs. ordering frozen meals from a website.

The Local, Captain Marden’s, Susu Bakery and others are on board and ready to help!

To volunteer with meal delivery, please email only 1-2 hours per week is required!


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

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.