October President's Message: Crisp, Refreshing Fall Events

October President's Message: Crisp, Refreshing Fall Events

Inflatable pumpkin at Haunted Trails

Fall is here, and with the cooler temperatures and crisper air come Bastyr events as refreshing as a cup of cider. Here are a few of the happenings at our campuses clinics this month.

Naturopathic Medicine Week

In a major step toward increasing the visibility of natural medicine, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating October 7-13 as Naturopathic Medicine Week. The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective, and affordable health care,” and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions. On October 10, our teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, will celebrate the week with a free public event featuring blood pressure screenings, refreshments, informational tables and a talk: How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You.

Haunted Trails Returns

For two weekends this month, our Kenmore campus forest will be home to a frightfully good time as Haunted Trails returns. Now in its 15th year, the annual event – one of the longest-running and most popular Halloween activities on the Eastside of the Puget Sound area – promises to have something for everyone in the family, including scares for thrill-seekers and trick-or-treating for the young ones. Proceeds from the events will go toward our students’ study-abroad trips.

Bastyr-Formulated Teas Available in Stores

Bastyr-formulated Choice Organic Teas are now available at retail stores across the United States. The eight different blends of herbal wellness teas, formulated by Bastyr herbalists, taste great while also improving the health of those who drink them. Additionally, a portion of the sales goes to the University’s student scholarship fund. The teas were recently featured in a Seattle TV story.

Living Naturally Series Continues

Bastyr Center for Natural Health features a pair of free talks this month, as its popular “Living Naturally” lecture series continues. On October 10, Emily Lesnak, ND, will present on “How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You,” part of Naturopathic Medicine Week events, and on October 19 Calvin Kwan, ND, provides tips on “Preventing Sports Injuries with Natural Medicine.” Arrive early, as these talks often fill up.

Founder’s Day Dinner

One of our biggest events of the year, the Founders’ Day Dinner, is just around the corner. Mark your calendars now for November 2, when we will spend the evening honoring University founders and the next generation of healers at our annual scholarship fundraising dinner. It is always an uplifting event that leaves me excited about the past, present and future of natural medicine.

San Diego Clinic Open House

On November 9, Bastyr University Clinic will open its doors for a community gathering to celebrate the newly renovated facility and share information about natural medicine. Activities will include clinic and campus tours, healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings, faculty presentations, light refreshments, giveaways and special offers.

The leaves may be falling, but we at Bastyr are continually striving to rise. I hope you continue to follow all the news that is happening here and consider attending some of our events this fall.


In health,

Daniel K. Church, PhD
Bastyr University President



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