Press Release, January 23, 2008 – Conference to be held Feb. 1, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Gold Room at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. to address health care reform through lifestyle changes.

Conference Addresses Health Care Reform Through Lifestyle Changes

Press Release: January 23, 2008 – Tai Sophia Institute, in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, will present “Recreate Wellness and Redefine Health: A Dynamic Change for a Long-Term Solution,” a day-long symposium for Capitol Hill policy makers on Feb. 1, 2008 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Gold Room at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The symposium is being held because, to date, health care reform discussions have centered on the transformation of financial policies meant to contain costs and expand access. However, because of increasing medical costs, skyrocketing chronic disease rates and an aging population, dialogue needs to be created that will impact how people can work together to design true lifestyle change that will lead to prevention.

The symposium will provide data on how Americans are shifting to care that supports personalized health strategies which emphasize lifestyle changes, nutritional support, and stress reduction. The program will articulate the key foundational requirements for transforming the current infrastructure to one rooted in the multi-dimensional aspects of being well.

Keynote speakers for the event include Victoria Castle, author of The Trance of Scarcity; Matt Narrett, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of Erickson Retirement Communities; Maryellen Molyneaux, president of Natural Marketing Institute; Joe Pizzorno, N.D., president emeritus of Bastyr University and president of Salugenecists; and Robert Duggan, M.A., M.Ac. (UK), Dipl.Ac. (NCCA), president and founder of Tai Sophia Institute.

A panel discussion will feature Bernie Noe, ND; Laurie Edwards, MPH, RN, CS; Glen Schneider; Joe Pizzorno, ND and Lise Alschuler, ND.

For more information, contact:

Karen E. Howard, Executive Director
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
4435 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 403
Washington, DC  20016
Phone: 866-538-2267

About Tai Sophia Institute

Tai Sophia Institute is the preeminent institution for wellness-based education, patient care, and public policy discourse. Founded in 1975 as a small healing arts clinic, the Institute has evolved into a diverse resource providing competitive academic programs and institutional partnerships. Tai Sophia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers three graduate degrees in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Applied Healing Arts. The Master of Acupuncture program was the first training program to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States. In addition to the graduate curriculum, Tai Sophia offers continuing education, community wellness programs, and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine. The Institute’s faculty, staff, and students donate more than 15,000 community service hours to a variety of projects, and its practitioners provide more than 30,000 treatments yearly. The Institute empowers wellness leaders, business executives and communities to learn the art of caring for and serving one another. Its 12-acre main campus houses a bookstore, library, herb and meditation gardens. Tai Sophia Institute is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

About the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

The AANP is a national society of naturopathic medical professionals. Its members, totaling over two thousand licensed physicians and licensable students, all work in the burgeoning field of naturopathic medicine – a discipline embracing natural healthcare that emphasizes disease prevention and wellness. Its practitioners promote holistic and natural approaches to therapy as a complement to conventional medical approaches.