Health Education About Lifestyles and Therapies Holístico
Health care in the US is unsustainably expensive, corporate-driven, and frequently ineffective. Numerous studies show that life-style choices (diet, exercise etc) have a huge impact on prevention of disease, and that CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies can be highly effective in the treatment of numerous conditions.
The goal of the HEALTH ART is to educate ourselves and others about options that are available for the prevention and treatment of disease. Last semester, the students identified the target community as the NAU campus, and organized the ‘Elevate your Health Fair’, with the aim of exposing NAU students to holistic ways of becoming and staying healthy, and ultimately increasing options at the student health center. We invited community practitioners, and students prepared activities and informational booths. Over 100 people came to the event. We plan to continue to engage the NAU community, as well as local children and the larger community.
Some fun and engaging activities include:
- Herbal salve making
- Natural toothpaste and deodorant making
- Learning about different medicinal plants grown in Northern Arizona and how to find/utilize them
- Presentations from local acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, massage therapists, herbalists and homoeopathists
- Eating with Mayan healer Marina Vasquez who shared delicious traditional foods and their medicinal qualities
- Learning about (and trying) the medicinal qualities of herbs
- Working with the community gardens to learn about growing
- Bacteria: how we can use healthy bacteria through making and eating yogurt and kombucha
We currently meet once a week at 3 pm on Fridays at the Green Scene Café in the Health and Learning Center on North Campus. Community partners include local practitioners, the Applied Indigenous Studies Department of NAU, and the Freshman seminars. This ART started in the Fall Semester of 2012, as part of the Freshman Seminar on Western and Alternative Medicine, and is now continuing in its own right. Anyone interested is welcome to join us!
Contact Allie Keller (email@example.com) or Karly Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org)