Bastyr University California students and faculty teamed up with the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) to organize a successful beach clean-up on sunny Saturday in February that also included a panel discussion on “Healthy Waters, Healthy People.”
About 40 people showed up to help clean up the beach, before settling in to hear a panel discussion about why what they were doing was so important and appreciated. Speakers included Jonci Jensen, ND, of Bastyr University Clinic, Rob Ruiz of The Land & Water Co., Lorenzo Diaz of H20 Trash Patrol, Bruce Bekkar, MD, and Kyle Gunderman of the American Conservation Experience. The panel discussed how the health of the beach and waters, along with sustainable fishing practices, has a great impact on the health of people and our community.
“Research shows how our environment and our health is vitally connected, from water quality and food sourcing, to the benefits of spending time in nature,” said Dr. Jensen. “It’s all interrelated. It’s essential that we understand this and determine how we can each have an impact by the choices we make and the actions we take.”
The talk was held above the beach at the San Elijo State Campground entrance. Refreshments and food were served by The Land & Water Co. and Healthy Creations. It was a wonderful way to spend the day on the beach, while helping preserve and beautifying it for future generations.