PORTLAND, Maine, Feb. 3, 2016 – Naturopathic Doctors in Maine today announced they will provide free health screenings and nutrition education for teenagers this year, with a goal of reaching more than 500 young people at a series of workshops around the state.
The Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors, a growing association of more than 30 licensed NDs, said the initiative is part of a public awareness campaign celebrating the 20th anniversary of licensure for NDs in Maine. The first workshops for teenagers and their families will be held Saturday, April 9, in Portland, Topsham, and Waterville.
“Our group started out with a few trailblazing Naturopathic Doctors who were determined to offer a different type of care, one that focused on preventive medicine and treating the whole person,” said Dr. Corrie Marinaro, ND, of Waterville, president of MAND. “It’s a common sense approach that resonates with families in Maine. Over the past 20 years, NDs have earned the trust of patients and conventional healthcare providers. The interest in complementary and alternative medicine continues to rise.”
“Still, we find that many people don’t know who we are or what we do as NDs. We want to change that,” Marinaro said. “With the growth of our group, we’re now in a good position to take part in important discussions about health, and to serve as a resource to the public.”
The health of young people in Maine is one of the top concerns of MAND members. Teenagers need extra support and education when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits, Marinaro said. NDs are well suited to help because of their extensive training in clinical nutrition, including the use of foods and supplements to prevent illness.
The workshops for teens will include blood pressure, height, weight, BMI, and blood sugar screenings and possibly other health checks. Naturopathic Doctors will speak to teens and their families and will provide information for them to take home on the topic “Nutrition for children and teens for optimal growth, health and performance.”
Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, at the Office of Dr. Richard Maurer, 50 Cove St., Portland; Northern Sun Family Health Care, 53 Main St., Topsham; and New England Naturopathic Health, 179 Main St., Waterville. No registration is required. Visit www.mand.org for more information.
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Some key facts about the health of young people in Maine:
- Roughly 30 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese.
- More than one-third of obese teens have metabolic syndrome, a clustering of risk factors that put them on the path toward heart disease and diabetes.
- Less than 20 percent of Maine high school students consume the amount of fruits and vegetables needed for a healthy diet.
Some key facts about NDs and the Naturopathic Medicine movement:
- NDs are graduates of four-year, doctoral-level naturopathic medical schools that are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. They are extensively trained in Western medical sciences as well as natural treatments.
- While NDs specialize in different types of treatments, they all share a common approach and philosophy: They seek to treat the underlying causes of illness, rather than simply managing symptoms.
- More than ever, NDs, MDs, and DOs in Maine are collaborating. The different types of doctors are referring patients to one another, in order to provide a more integrative medical experience, based on patient preferences and needs.