Dr. Margot Cleary, breast cancer researcher at The Hormel Institute, to speak Wednesday

Dr Margot Cleary

Dr. Margot Cleary, one of The Hormel Institute’s section leaders focused on breast cancer research, will give a presentation Wednesday as part of a new “Staying in the Pink” health seminar.

Free to the public, the “Staying in the Pink” seminar will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. N.W., and provide information on how to lower your cancer risk through fitness and food.

The Hormel Institute, Hy-Vee Food Store, and the local “Get Fit/Be Fit” program are sponsoring the first-time event as part of Austin’s 2nd annual “Paint the Town Pink” citywide initiative to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research in Austin.

Cleary, who leads the Nutrition and Metabolism section at The Hormel Institute, will give a presentation at 6 p.m. about her breast cancer research. The main interests of Cleary’s research section are the effects of body weight and food intake on the development of breast cancer.

At 6:30 p.m., Jen Haugen, the dietitian for Hy-Vee Food Store in Austin, will share information related to cancer prevention through nutrition.

Those participating in the “Get Fit/Be Fit” program can earn 150 bonus points by attending Wednesday evening’s seminar. “Get Fit/Be Fit” is a fitness challenge program led by the United Way of Mower County, Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin, and the YMCA of Austin.

“Paint the Town Pink” officially runs through Sunday, Feb. 10. For more information on “Paint the Town Pink” events, contact the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 437-4563 or go online to www.austincvb.com.

With one of the top scientific publishing records, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota – Mayo Clinic, is a world-renowned cancer research center conducting research focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of cancer. Its scientists focus their research on how cancer works and what nontoxic, natural compounds can be used to prevent and control cancer