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Food for Thought, Sidore Lecture Series at UNH Manchester

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Food and health are the topics of a free spring lecture and film series at UNH Manchester. 

The Sidore Lecture series, which began in September, is titled, “Food For Thought: An exploration of what we eat and the impact on people and our planet.” Funding is provided by the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation. View the series online, www.manchester.unh.edu/campuslife/public-programs/food-thought.

From understanding buzz words like “gluten free” to the story of one small Vermont town’s effort to implement a localized food system, “Food for Thought” looks at how individuals can drive change that will promote a more sustainable and healthier way of life.

Demystifying Gluten (Offered in collaboration with A Market)
Tuesday, Feb.21, noon-1 p.m., Third floor auditorium
The term “gluten free” has become a common sight in grocery stores, cookbooks, and on menus. What is gluten and why are so many people trying to avoid it? Join us to learn more about what it is, its effects, and what it means to live gluten free.  Presented by Dr. Bert Mathieson, naturopathic physician, registered dietitian, and co-owner of NH Natural Health in Bedford.

Understanding Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms (Offered in collaboration with A Market)
Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Third floor auditorium
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be one of the most dangerous health and environmental problems we face. Learn more about where GMOs are lurking and the steps you can take to avoid them. Presented by Susan Baker, certified holistic nutritionist/wellness coach, and owner of Nutressante in Amherst, Manchester, and Salem.

“Forks Over Knives”Film Screening
Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Third floor auditorium
What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive but so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously? “Forks Over Knives” examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by what we eat. Moderated by Dr. Kristen O’Dell, naturopathic physician and founder of Bedford Natural Medicine.

A Meal to Change the World: Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Tuesday, April 3, 3 p.m., Rooms 354/356
Our planet produces enough food to feed every women, man and child on earth. Yet one in seven people go to bed hungry every night. Attend the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet and learn how the institutions and systems in place around the world affect the availability and distribution of adequate and nutritional food.Led by Genevieve Cox, Ph.D. candidate, department of sociology, UNH and co-sponsored by the UNH Manchester Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee.

The Future's in the Dirt
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 6:30-8 p.m., Third floor auditorium
During the past few years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region.

Join Hewitt, author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food,” to learn about the story of a rural, working-class Vermont community that has blueprinted and implemented a localized food system. Hewitt speaks frequently on issues relating to localized food systems and economies, and is known for his thoughtful, inspiring, and occasionally hilarious presentations.

True Tales of Cures Without Drugs
Wednesday, April 11, noon, Third floor auditorium
Lagasse, 89-year-old author of “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly,” shares her journey of healing herself of leukemia, arthritis and shingles through nutrition and old-fashioned wisdom. She offers her secrets of vibrant health –they’re all in your kitchen!  Presented by Lucille Lagasse, author and natural health advocate.

UNH Manchester’s Sidore Lecture Series “Food for Thought” is free and open to the public. Events will be cancelled if the college is closed due to inclement weather (snowline: 641-4100). Visit www.unhm.unh.edu/events, or call 641-4306 for more information about the series or for special accommodations, 641-4306. Free parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Arm’s Lot, behind UNH Manchester.

About the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation
The Sidore Lecture Series, named in memory of Saul O Sidore, was established in 1965 to offer programs that challenge existing information sources with new and vital ways of looking at the many issues in all phases of our society and our world. The series funds programs at all four of the USNH campuses, including UNH Manchester, to enhance institutional efforts to challenge students and the wider community.