WHERE: Hotel Fundadores
WHEN: Every Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
COST:  $1.00 per person to cover the room rental and coffee

September 2, 2008
Dr. Newton Osborne will be our speaker. Dr. Osborne helps run a free clinic in Palmira primarily for the indigenous. He will discuss the care being provided including the importance of prenatal care for preventing certain illnesses in both mother and baby and, what pre-pregnancy preparations do for the health of mother and baby. He will also discuss what preventive measures are taken to prevent: prematurity, fetal infections, pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, certain fetal malformations.

September 9, 2008
Bixby Tapiero Candanado will be our speaker. She is a nutritionist here in Chiriqui. Bixby will talk about the special need for prenatal control and nutrition intervention in order to decrease the malnutrition problems in the indigenous population since malnutrition problems start not at child birth but at pregnancy. Also, she will talk about her prenatal clinic and luncheon project for pregnant/lactating women and children younger than 5 years old. Kids under 5 are the most susceptible to die of severe malnutrition in the Boquete district.need to stop this because the government will not address this problem.

September 16, 2008
Nigel Meager will be our speaker and will present 1. Hydroelectric schemes in Boquete and the town’s response. 2. The context of Boquet’s development plan (ordenimiento). 3. Deforestation and land use threats in the national parks near Boquete. 4. International Park La Amistrad as a World Heritage Site in danger. 5. The Association for the Conservation of the Biosphere (Boquete’s highly effective environmental action group) 6. Positive projects: a) a footpath network b) ideas for reforestation and planting native trees in Boquete, in private gardens and along the Rio Caldera 7. Would anyone like to help? I will be brief on each one seeing this as chance to paint the big picture as seen by ACB.

September 23, 2008
Elaine Mayer will be our speaker. Elaine is a retired biologist who has studied nutrition for most of her life. It is no secret that poor nutrition is linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes, stroke and cancer. She will share information about nutrition and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Plus, she promises to offer simple solutions that will decrease your risk of desease, reduce DNA damage that speeds aging, build your immune system and imporve your overall health.

September 30, 2008
Rainelda Mata-Kelly will address the new Immigration laws and how it affects new and existing residents.