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Health is Fashionable

February 20, 2009

Donna Karan is more than a fashion icon. Karan and another designer launched the Urban Zen Foundation  in 2006 to raise awareness and inspire change in the area of well-being and to empower children and preserve cultures.

After she lost her husband to cancer she realized there was something missing in mainstream medicine. She wanted to create a community that brought together like-minded people who want to make a difference. Recently, she hosted a Well-Being Forum that brought together 2,000 integrative and conventional medicine leaders, healthcare practitioners and influencers to brainstorm practical solutions to challenges that are facing patients and their loved ones. People in the integrative wellness field know that something is not working in the medical system, so Urban Zen Foundation’s mission is to figure out what will work.

Karan and Integrative Nutrition share a very similar dream that one day every hospital and doctor’s office across the world will have holistic wellness professionals. More hospitals are realizing the desire for alternative medicine and incorporating it into their healing procedures. Right now Beth Israel Medical Center in New York has a pilot program to introduce integrative medical practices and study their impact on patients and caregivers.

Change is happening all around and you can be a part of this powerful movement.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.