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New Community Education Programming for Health and Wellness

May 31, 2015 02:25PM

The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) has introduced SCNM Thrive, a new series of community education programs that offers patients and the community affordable, fee-based, quality programming, covering movement, cooking and personal empowerment, focused on three areas:

Thrive Movement—Yoga, tai chi, meditation and more. All class offerings respect the student’s starting point, from limited mobility due to health issues or injury to those seeking greater ease, flexibility and concentration.

Thrive Nourishment—Designed to help participants cook delicious and healthy food, these demonstration classes and workshops emphasize cooking for those struggling with particular health conditions, sensitivities and dietary restrictions. Executive chefs, nutritionists and physicians show how to make healthy meals that don’t sacrifice taste.

Thrive Empowerment—Classes, seminars and workshops provide participants with the education and information to make more informed decisions to actively participate in their own care. These classes support treatment protocols by naturopathic doctors in the SCNM Medical Center and Pain Relief Center. Topics may include homeopathic remedies, reading food labels, natural treatments for allergies, how to choose dietary supplements and much more.

SCNM Vice President of Student Affairs and the creator of SCNM Thrive Melissa Winquist says, “Healing and health take place outside the doctor’s office. It occurs through lifestyle changes in diet and exercise and in how we feed our mind, body and soul. Thrive aims to provide the community with tools to create their own paths to wellness.”

SCNM, an accredited higher-learning institution offering a four-year medical program, trains future physicians to focus on prevention, wellness and lifestyle changes. The SCNM Medical Center is the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest and offers family and primary care using integrative modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, manipulation, and pharmacology.

To learn more or to sign up for classes, visit

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