AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta will hold its 11th Annual Biology Lecture, “Slow Food and Its Health Benefits — From Field to Healthy Body,” featuring Dr. Dorothy Klimis-Zacas. The event is set for noon-1 p.m. Thursday in room 138 of the Randall Student Center on the Augusta campus and will be broadcast live to the UMA Bangor campus in room 104 of Eastport Hall.

As part of UMA’s 2013 academic theme, food, Dr. Klimis-Zacas will present a “Slow Food” model that focuses on sustainability and its social and economic advantages, and provide evidence of the health benefits that come from eating organic, local and in-season.

Klimis-Zacas, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Maine at Orono and cooperating professor of nutrition and dietetics at Harokopio University, Athens, Greece and the University of Milan, Italy. Her research focuses on areas of functional foods, trace minerals and their role in heart health and the metabolic syndrome.

The lecture is sponsored by UMA Biology Program faculty members, the 11th annual Biology Lecture is free and open to the public.

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