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"Weight Loss" talk at Mandarin-English Chat in Harvard's Longwood Medical Area

* Mandarin speakers want to practice English (and reduce their Chinese accents)? 
* English speakers want to learn Mandarin? 
* Nerdy Chinese folks want to bring friends and have a fun, FREE "outing" in Boston just talking with nerdy strangers in English or Mandarin?

5:30 pm (Before 6 pm ?) - free conversations - so arrive early - help set up 
6-7 - Introductions - two languages - your STRONG language first, then your 2nd language - Please PREPARE your brief introduction IF you need to have this thought out in advance!

7:00-7:30 pm - "Philosophical Weight Loss on a Low-GI Vegan Diet" in BOTH Mandarin AND English  (Outline below)

Want to (a) give an 'expert talk' or (b) just show off your skills in Mandarin and English?  Let us know in advance.

7:30 pm - Questions and Answers from Audience - try out your English and/or Mandarin - Translator available to help with translating the questions for the speaker. 

8-9:30 pm - small Mandarin-speaking groups 
8-9:30 pm - English language pronunciation and grammar workshops

After 9:30 pm - FURTHER free conversations - so stay late

Our stable location is Kresge 201 in the most gracious and globally conscious Harvard School of Public Health, where health-conscious and energy-conscious building and curriculum modifications have been made.

All Mandarin speakers (and English-speakers, too) need to register IN ADVANCE to get an HSPH building permission for the night.

E-Mail [masked] to register your intent AND sign YES on this meetup.


PLEASE request by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday evening event. 

* Harvard Square to LMA is about 30 minutes on #66 bus or the M2 Harvard bus. 
* Green Line E-Line comes to the building. 
* Walking from the Orange Line takes about 5-10 minutes. 
* Walking from Brookline is about 10 minutes. 
* MFA, NEU, Wentworth, and Colleges of the Fenway are adjacent. 
* Route 9 comes right into the area. 
* Street parking is FREE from 6 pm onward.

Show your CURRENT LOCAL ID to the HSPH Security Guard, the UP the open indoor stairwell (follow signs to Kresge 201).

E-Mail [masked] and [masked] for a building pass if you don't have a Harvard ID; we convene in Kresge 201; you will ask the HSPH security guard where that is.

* What Method Used (evidence-based lifestyle transitioning system towards sustainable low-GI diet)
* Characteristics of Low-GI Diets and of System (interpersonal, informational, and metabolic supports)
* Evidence Base
* This way for you?  Individuality?  Customizable?
* Lessons along the way
* Anyone can "fall back" or "retrogress" in a diet or any other significant life project
* There are psychologies about self-acceptance, and each is interpretive - what are these interpersonal or "telling myself" strategies about?
* Truth is always pertinent if we seek objective moorings in our diet and personal life quests
* Diet Pitfalls (practical "how to not do it" issues)
* Accountability to self and an objective reference (or person) in following the diet (or personal objective)
* The importance of TRUTH in one's own self-care

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