Bastyr University California was recently honored by the state of California with the Healthy Planet Local Hero Award, given to local leaders and influencers who have made an impact in creating healthy communities and a healthy planet.
Hosted by local youth empowerment non-profit KidsEcoClub, the award recognizes those who have taken steps to improve children’s quality of life through good nutrition, hands-on learning on horticultural and agricultural activities, with the goal of fostering lifelong healthy living habits that benefit people, the community and our planet.
“This award means a lot to us for myriad reasons,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “Not only is healthy living a vision and goal we strive for as both a University and clinic, but helping the next generation get a head start on that is vital. Being recognized by the state of California is a tremendous honor for which we are truly grateful.”
Bastyr’s contributions to the community were honored in a resolution that stated: "In honor and recognition of your exemplary work in the natural health sciences, improving the planet through innovative education and research focused on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature, and your commitment to California with the opening of the fully accredited naturopathic medical school in 2012 and the addition of a Master of Science degree program in nutrition and wellness in 2014, and in deep appreciation of the Bastyr University Clinic serving the San Diego region to provide comprehensive family health care and of your collaborative efforts to establish nutrition, garden and wellness programs in K-12 schools in the San Diego Unified School District."
Bastyr University California was one of the recipients of this prestigious award along with La Vita Compounding Pharmacy, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Board of Education President Kevin Beiser, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Whole Foods, teacher Lynn Howard, youth leader Sophia Holbrook and KidsEcoClub founder Max Guinn.
Proceeds from the evening’s event benefit KidsEcoClub, a non-profit servicing San Diego’s K-12 students, whose vision is “youth transforming the health of people and the planet.”
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Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.