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Valuable Partnership — adds value to your Membership too!

Posted By Mim Senft, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Because of the partnership between National Wellness Institute and Global Women 4 Wellbeing, NWI members and friends can attend the GW4W event in the Boston area on July 19th at the GW4W member rate!   

You’ll hear from top researchers and medical professionals regarding the need for better health research for women and the economic benefits. If we want women to lead well in their organizations and communities, this research needs to get done. You’ll also be able to network, take part in the Q&A with the speakers and round table panelists; and be able to spend time with like-minded wellness leaders.  

Three renowned researchers from Johnson & Johnson and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will share their wisdom and experience:

  • Susan Nicholson, MD, Vice President Women's Health, Johnson & Johnson
  • Eileen McNeely, PhD, Co-Founder of SHINE, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Mariko Gakiya, Ed.D, Researcher, SHINE Advisory Board Member, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health It’s a night of information, inspiration and connection.

Location: Tupper Manor • 295 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915
Date and Time: Thursday, July 19, 2018

3:30pm - 5:45 EST - Focused Networking and Exhibit Showings
5:45 - 8:00 pm EST - Roundtable Research and Audience Discussion
8:00 - 8:30 - Networking

Cost: GW4W Members - $50 • Non-members - $75


Join us and add your voice to the conversation.


This link has all the information listed, including speakers. Just choose the GW4W member rate. 

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Updates from Bright Pink

Posted By NWI, Monday, July 2, 2018

 This is a excerpt from Bright Pink's "Bright Now" newsletter. To receive the full newsletter sign up on their website.


Did you know we're working to ensure your doctor knows their stuff? Now via online learning!

With Call Your Doctor Day still fresh in our minds, we've been thinking and reading about the patient/provider relationship and how we can work to improve this partnership. A recent article from The New York Times eloquently sums up some of the common frustrations that women experience when visiting a healthcare provider: feeling unheard or that their concerns are downplayed. We're doing our part to ensure providers understand how important it is to engage women about their family health history. Have tips for finding the perfect healthcare provider? Send us a message. 


What We’ve Been Up To

Did you download a #MomMoments conversation guide? 
This year, Bright Pink leaned into the amazing stories of our ambassador community to feed our Mother's Day Campaign, #MomMoments. We collaborated with three women to develop custom Conversation Guides to support women of various backgrounds to have conversations about health and wellness with their mothers and mother figures. With the help of our partners, this campaign reached over 73,000 people and drove over 100 individuals to download a conversation guide. A huge thanks to these women for sharing their personal stories and fostering community! Didn't download a guide? It's not too late.

We *chatted* with nearly 900 women on Call Your Doctor Day
Our annual holiday, Call Your Doctor Day, is focused on empowering women to call their doctor and schedule a well-woman exam. This year, with the help of a customized Facebook Messenger chatbot, we "chatted" with nearly 900 women about their well-woman exam and shared resources to help them go into their appointment with confidence. Our amazing partner Aerie played a critical role in this campaign by sharing messaging on their digital platforms, social media (#AerieREAL model Iskra even shot a video for us!), and high-traffic billboards. Didn't get to chat with the chatbot? It's not too late.

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Chicago, IL 60654

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2 Powerful Stress Busting Techniques—Backed by Research

Posted By Theona Layne, Friday, June 29, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2018

You feel the strain every day don't you?

Whether it's work, finances or taking care of the kids, stress is an unwelcome visitor that never seems to leave. Well, you're not alone.  According to a recent Gallup poll, 8 in 10 Americans report feeling stressed out.

Over time, stress can contribute to a plethora of health issues like chronic headaches, heart disease, depression, anxiety; the list goes on. Managing stress levels, on the other hand, ups your chances of living longer and healthier, provides clarity of mind and sharpens cognition.

Try these two effective stress blasting techniques to help you find your Zen. 


1. Tap Away the Stress

With the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), the power to melt away stress is literally at your fingertips. The principle behind EFT is relieving negative emotions by gently tapping specific meridian point on the body.  Tapping while focusing on a negative feeling or a particular problem helps the body release stress hormones.

Tap Away the Stress

According to Eileen Lichtenstein, a level two certified EFT practitioner, "Doing EFT brings serotonin, which is a feel-good hormone, up to the section of your brain called the Amygdala." The Amygdala is the part of the brain which deals with feelings and emotions.  

EFT is so effective that it's even used to help war vets suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. In a recent study, published in the Permanente Journal, the technique reduced PTSD in war veterans by over 60 percent after 5-10 sessions.

Tapping is quick and painless. You can do it anywhere and at any time to help resolve negative emotions like anger, depression, anxiety and of course, stress.  All you need are your fingertips, a tapping chart and a few minutes.  


Tapping Points ChartFollow these simple steps to tap way stress and anxiety. 

  1. Start by identifying the problem.  Are you worried about someone? Are you anxious about giving a speech, plagued by bad memories? Do you suffer from panic attacks?
  2. Rate your stress on a scale of 1-10. Ten = very anxious, and zero = no anxiety at all. 
  3. Focus entirely on one issue. 
  4. Use two fingers to begin tapping the Karate Chop point while using a setup statement.  (See Chart at right)

A setup statement looks like this: “Even though I’m stressed out about [insert problem here], I deeply and completely accept myself.”

So, for example, if you're anxious about giving an upcoming speech, you can use the following set up statement. 

“Even though I'm anxious about the speech I'm giving next week, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Now continue to tap while saying the following statements. Of course, you can adjust this script to suit your specific situation. 

Top of the Head:  "This anxiety is giving me knots in my stomach." 
Eyebrow: "I'll probably forget my speech."
The side of the Eye:  "What if I make a fool of myself in front of everyone?"
Under the Eye:  "Just the thought of giving a speech in front of all those people makes me break into a sweat."
Under the Nose: "Maybe I can pay someone to give the speech for me."
Chin: "I  really hate giving speeches!"
Collarbone: "This anxiety is too much!"
Under the Arm:  "The thought of giving this speech makes me want to throw up."

Now, take a deep breath.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how intense is your stress?
Tap through the script again until your stress levels disintegrate. 


2. A Walk Among the Trees

For 20 seconds, close your eyes and imagine walking in a lush green forest with sunlight streaming on your face and a babbling brook flowing in the distance. Now open your eyes. Do you notice how much more calm and centered you feel?

That's one of many benefits you can expect from participating in Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese term for forest bathing, or spending time in forested environments.

A Walk Among the Trees

As Amos Clifford, author of the book Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature, puts it, "forest bathing is about slowing down, coming into our bodies, and coming into our senses. The forest in a way gives back the gift of ourselves, of who we are, who we tend to forget on a daily basis."

Amos could be on to something.  Spending time in nature, not only reduces stress but provides additional health benefits.  According to a recent meta-analysis study of 700 people, individuals who practiced forest bathing had significantly lower blood pressure and cortisol levels than non-forest bathing participants.

Don't live near a forest?  No problem.  City dwellers can still reap the benefits of connecting with nature by visiting local urban green spaces.  Urban green spaces are part of, you guessed it, urban areas. 

Urban green spaces are usually entirely or partially covered with grass, trees, shrubs and other vegetation.  Examples of green spaces include parks and community gardens.  Studies show a direct correlation between green space availability with increased physical activity and improved mental health.


If there isn't a green space near your home, consider using the following resources.   

  • Call your community recreation center and ask about area parks and trails.  You can also check out your state government's website for similar information.
  • Find protected areas in your region by visiting the Nature Conservancy website at nature.org.  
  • Visit FindYourPark.com. It's a website sponsored by the U.S. National Park Service and the National Park Foundation that serves as an online directory for national park areas.

Use one or both of these natural stress busters to chill out and find your Zen.  

EFT Tapping Chart used with permission from Thriving Now.
Telephone Interview with Amos Clifford, author of the book Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature
Telephone Interview with Eileen Lichtenstein, a level two certified EFT practitioner

Theona LayneTheona Layne is a Pittsburgh-based freelance health and wellness writer. For the past four years, She’s provided reader-friendly, scientifically grounded researched articles for businesses and publications helping individuals achieve optimal health. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Writing as well as a certification in Medical Terminology. Her work has appeared in publications like Clean Eating Magazine and Health and Wellness Magazine. Writing samples are available on request, or you can read a few writing samples right now. When she isn’t writing, Theona enjoys staying on top of the latest health-related news and information. Connect with Theona Layne by visiting her website.

Tags:  EFT  Emotional Freedom Technique  forest bathing  PTSD  resilience  Shinrin-yoku  stress  thriving 

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How Food Heals: Understanding Nutritional Therapy

Posted By Trevor McDonald, Saturday, June 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018

Food is the original healer. Nutritional therapy uses evidence to optimize a person’s health and well-being by designing customized nutritional plans—not “diets.” The goals are the inclusion of wholesome, organic, unprocessed foods in a person’s diet. There’s also an element of therapeutic effects in certain foods that can help heal some health conditions. Nutritional therapy is a holistic approach to health, treating the entire body while pinpointing the root of health issues. It does not only treat symptoms.

Nutritional TherapyNutritional therapy works on the idea that every person is different, as is their heritage, DNA, and history. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach to nutritional therapy, particularly since it’s best to eat locally and regionally (as an overarching rule), which makes good nutrition vastly different around the globe. Nutritional therapy has been prescribed and proven effective in treating a number of ailments, and can help recovering addicts, too.

Getting Started

The first step when pursuing this path to wellness is to see a qualified nutritional therapist. This may or may not be covered under different insurance policies, but nutritional therapists will work with clients to create payment plans if necessary. Most nutritional therapists have a three-year diploma and have a background in pathology, biochemistry, physiology, and have completed a set amount of supervised clinical practice hours. They may work in private practice or in a group setting.

Your nutritional therapist well help devise a lifestyle plan that's personalized just for you based on health goals and needs. This can include dietary recommendations, recipes, and ideas on how to better infuse positive changes into your current lifestyle. You don't need to have a specific complaint, or a number of complaints, to benefit from a nutritional therapist. You also don't need to be under- or over-weight. Anybody of any age can benefit from better nutrition. At the heart of nutrition therapy is figuring out which foods help a person feel their best.

Common Complaints

Although nutritional therapy is for everyone, there are a few common issues that are commonly addressed with this type of approach. One of the most popular is digestive problems, including IBS, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, and food intolerances. Naturally, nutritional therapy is a great match for addressing weight issues as well as blood sugar imbalances, sugar addiction, and type-2 diabetes. Many people with cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, seek help with nutritional therapy. From mental health (fatigue or anxiety) to skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, you’ll be surprised by just how much nutrition plays into these issues. It can even help with some autoimmune conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis—particularly if these conditions aren’t responding well to conventional drugs or therapies.

medical historyDuring your first consultation, you’ll go through an intensive medical history and pinpoint your current health. Health symptoms may be discussed, and together you’ll identify needs and goals with the nutritional therapist. All recommendations will center around natural, whole foods that are not processed. This can be challenging for some clients, which is why meal planning is also included. Even in the first consultation, clients are often recommended to remove or reduce certain foods from their diet (at least for a short time) to figure out if they are tied to an issue. In the meantime, alternatives will be recommended that will keep nutritional needs in check.

In some cases, supplements may also be prescribed. It’s nearly impossible to get all the nutrients you need from diet alone while maintaining a reasonable caloric intake and actually enjoying your meals. Key probiotics, minerals, and vitamins make a big difference in a person’s overall health.

For those in addiction recovery, a poor diet is very common. Many dangerous substances interrupt the physiological functioning of the body and don't allow the body to process nourishment correctly. A lowered appetite while using is common, and getting the drug or alcohol (instead of proper nutrition) becomes top priority. Some addicts also suffer from a damaged liver, pancreas, stomach lining, and intestines, which all get in the way of absorbing nutrients. Nutritional therapy can help those who are in the recovery process re-learn how to prioritize their health through proper nutrition.

Trevor McDonaldTrevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict and alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

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Did You Miss This? A farewell to a fantastic lady—our former Executive Director; Linda Chapin

Posted By NWI, Thursday, June 7, 2018

Linda Chapin—Former NWI Executive Director

Linda ChapinLinda R. Chapin, age 65 of Amherst, WI passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at her Wisconsin residence following a courageous battle of cancer with her family, and closest friends by her side.

Linda was born on August 19, 1952 the daughter of the late Jack and Wilma (Steinmetz) Chapin in San Diego, CA. She graduated from University of Oklahoma with three degrees. Bachelor of psychology, Doctor of dental science, and a masters in nutrition. Linda was the first woman to graduate dental school at University of Oklahoma. Linda enjoyed traveling, gardening, spending time with her granddaughters, and painting. She served as the Executive Director of the National Wellness Institute for 13 years.

Linda is survived by her husband, Michael Gaul of Amherst; daughter, Meghan (Steven) Kubisiak of Amherst; granddaughters, Ava and Kinslee of Amherst; and many other relatives and friends.

Published in Stevens Point Journal on Sept. 29, 2017

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