The United States Senate created Naturopathic Medicine Week in 2013 to encourage Americans to learn more about “the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.” Bastyr students, faculty, and staff participated in this 5th annual observation from October 8-14th and helped facilitate a vibrant sense of community on and off campus.
Bastyr California hosted a cooking class with a “pink menu,” celebrating flavorful foods bursting with nutrients including salmon and beets. The San Diego campus also offered a free product education fair to students giving them access to resources for their future practice. Students facilitated a free patient clinic night at the Bastyr University Clinic, which included a 30-minute screening over diet, sleep and mental/emotional health.
Bastyr University Washington hosted daily events and challenges for students, including an “elevator speech competition” (in the school elevator) and a free community yoga class. The NMSA chapter also collaborated with the Bastyr Marketing Department to create posters showcasing the naturopathic therapeutic order, a hierarchy that governs a naturopathic doctor’s clinical decision-making. Posters were donated by Grafico Inc. and now display in every exam room at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
Bastyr University released an educational video on five modalities practiced by naturopathic doctors reaching over 45 thousand people. Students volunteered their time with the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) as well as spreading fun facts about naturopathic medicine in sidewalk chalk in the Greater Seattle Area. Lastly, students choreographed and performed a video to “Happy” that was its own social media storm, reaching over ten thousand viewers.
Students across the nation competed in the 2nd annual Naturopathic Medicine Week Challenge hosted by the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) in an attempt to bring a greater awareness to the value of naturopathy within their local communities. Both Bastyr’s San Diego and Kenmore campuses were bustling with activity and competitive spirit. Bastyr Washington won their second Golden Avocado trophy and funds to host a school-wide guacamole party in honor of the community’s efforts.