Seventh annual Bioneers conference features NYT best selling author Dr. Mark Hyman

Seventh annual Bioneers conference features NYT best selling author Dr. Mark Hyman.

NEW BEDFORD —

Dr. Mark Hyman, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician and international leader in the field of functional medicine is scheduled to appear as a keynote speaker at the seventh annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference, that will take place Oct. 21-23, in downtown New Bedford.

Dr. Hyman, who you may have seen on Dr. Oz, will be speaking in New Bedford for the first time at this engagement, providing an opportunity for attendees to hear firsthand from a world-renowned leader in his field. There will also be several other speakers at the conference addressing health and wellness issues.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The solutions-based conference encompasses more than three square city blocks, with the main site at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St.

Dr. Hyman has made a career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as functional medicine. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, Hyman strives to improve access to functional medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it; empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.

The Connecting for Change conference, presented by the Marion Institute, is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in our communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability; all working to catalyze a movement to heal the world.

Included among the highlights of the 2011 conference are live keynote presentations by Laurie David, producer of An Inconvenient Truth and author of The Family Dinner, Satish Kumar; visionary and editor of Resurgence magazine, John Francis, Ph.D, known the world over as the “Planetwalker” and more.

“If you are interested in practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large, then this is the conference for you,” conference director Glenn Oliveira said.

Planned for the three-day conference are more than 50 afternoon workshops focusing on topics such as education, health and healing, food and farming, green business, spirituality and youth empowerment.

Other attractions include family programming, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, a film fest, music, art installations, a farmers’ market, local and organic food and an extensive Youth Initiative program.

For information or to register for the conference, visit www.connectingforchange.org

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