February is Abuzz with Activity At Bastyr University

Friday, February 1, 2013

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During the shortest month of the year, there is no shortage of excitement on campus.

Students doing a cooking demonstration at open house event.

February may only have 28 days, but we at Bastyr University plan to squeeze in as much activity in this month as any other. Our students and faculty are hard at work in their winter-quarter studies; our garden staff is busy planting seeds that will come to life this spring; our admissions advisors are welcoming new visitors to campus; our stellar researchers are diligently uncovering new truths about natural medicine; and our award-winning dining commons is fueling us all with warm, healthful comfort food each day. Here is a quick rundown of what else is keeping us busy:

Affordable Care Act and How it Affects Natural Medicine

With President Obama’s re-election, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010 will stand. If the law is implemented as intended, naturopathic doctors in 16 states are poised to be covered by insurance and occupy a much larger role in U.S. health care. Additionally, the law will affect other complementary and alternative medicine fields. With these potential changes to the nation’s health care system, it is a very exciting time to be in the field of natural medicine and Bastyr University is primed to take a leading role.

Priority Application Deadlines for Admissions

If you are interested in preparing for the healing professions, now is the perfect time to take the next step. Whether it’s the continuation of your educational path or a change in careers, we welcome you to explore an opportunity to learn from the best faculty in natural medicine. With priority deadlines that range from February-April, it’s not too late to be proactive about changing your life and applying to one of our distinctive programs. (Applications continue to be accepted after the deadlines on a space-available basis).

Managing and Understanding Food Cravings

We are excited to announce a new season of free talks at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the University’s Seattle teaching clinic. The first of these presentations, How to Manage and Understand Food Cravings, will be at 6 p.m. February 28, 2013, which falls during National Eating Disorders Week. Future talks include Personal Growth: Psychosynthesis, A Whole-Person Approach on March 9, Eating with the Seasons in Chinese Medicine on March 21 and Be Your Own Boot Camp on April 13. Read more about our free Living Naturally Lecture Series.

We hope this month is brimming with as much potential for you as it is for us.


Daniel K. Church, PhD

Bastyr University President