This past weekend was hectic, fun-filled and fulfilling all at
the same time! Many naturopathic and chiropractic interns from NUHS
served as volunteers both Saturday and Sunday at the American Lung
Association's Fight for Air Climb in downtown Chicago.
The Fight for Air Climb is set up so that participants can climb
the stairs of prominent local buildings throughout the country,
getting great exercise, reaching a fitness milestone or competing,
all while raising money to prevent lung disease. Participants
climbed one, two, three or all four of the Presidential Towers, a
residential high-rise complex in Chicago. Each building has 45
floors (585 steps) for a grand total of 180 floors and 2,340 steps
that could be scaled by participants.
In the words of the organization itself, the climbers climb
Saturday's activities involved setting up the event by staging
all the water, bananas and energy snacks for the participants
throughout the four towers. Then we had to move the tables, signage
and decorations to the appropriate common areas where the
participants would be traversing between buildings during the
climb. Finally, the most poignant activity was placing the 'In
Memoriam' signs throughout the stairwells of all four buildings.
Participants could name a family member, friend or loved one for
whom they were climbing and have the opportunity to let that person
know that they were missed and still loved.
Sunday included working at the watering station on Floor 19 of
Tower 2 (of four towers). We saw firefighters climbing with full
gear (including air tank), friends leading blind loved ones, full
families, corporate teams, a team of tooth fairies (none of which
were shorter than 6'2") and a gaggle of Leprechauns who must have
been training for the St. Patrick's Day rush! Sunday was a true
pleasure to cheer on the participants who, through their physical
and fund raising efforts, would be able to help so many!
So, while this weekend started out as the last great opportunity
to finish the required community outreach hours (being entirely
honest), the emotional and spiritual return on taking the time to
be with the dedicated climbers, volunteers and building staff at
the towers downtown was an experience I won't soon forget!
This was an exciting weekend for the NUHS Whole Health Center!
Naturopathic interns participated in the annual Healthy Lombard
Fair held at the Yorktown Center mall as representatives for NUHS
and the NUHS Whole Health Center.
The Healthy Lombard Fair is a gathering of health-oriented
organizations within the Lombard area. Health centers,
universities, exercise groups, and health-oriented businesses
gather in one spot to promote healthy living. One could find care
and strategies, suggestions and ideas for a healthy lifestyle
ranging from prenatal.
We naturopathic interns from NUHS represented our school and all
programs provided by the NUHS Whole Health Center thoroughly and
had a great time while we were at it. We discussed our wide range
of services available at the clinic such as...
Finally, a new local cable access program supporting healthy
living in Lombard asked each of us to give a healthy tip of the day
for the local program. So, each of us (Kish, Heather, Jerrica, and
yours truly) took a turn in front of the camera to give a daily
healthy guideline for the show's viewers.
The Healthy Lombard Fair was a great way for our interns to gain
practice and exposure with the general public to speak about
naturopathic medicine (or as I like to say 'conservative primary
care') and generate some positive publicity for our clinic here at
Until next week, stay warm and look for spring coming around the
• Combined Classes
• Observing in Clinic
• Botanical Medicine
• Minor Surgery
• Intern Skills
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