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Navigating Health Care Reform through the “Power of Self Care”
 at the 19th Annual Holistic Health Fair

Lewes, Delaware: On March 29, 2014, the community will come together at the Cape Henlopen High School once again at the 19th Annual Holistic Health Fair from 9:30am to 4:30 pm to teach and expand our community’s knowledge of natural healthy foods, local integrative healthcare practitioners, green businesses, and sustainable healthcare practices.  Admission is free, families and children are welcome, and food donations are invited at the door. 

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nancy Gahles, DC, CCH is an internationally recognized expert in integrative healthcare, currently serves as At Large Member for leadership of The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), and has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. 

The Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) advocates for an integrative healthcare system with equal access to the full range of health-oriented, person-centered, regulated healthcare professionals. Integrated healthcare gives people access to all the forms of healthcare that are safe and well-regulated in this country, including: conventional medicine (which includes integrative medicine as an emerging discipline), allied health professions (such as nursing, physical therapy, social work, psychology, etc.), traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, naturopathic medicine, holistic nursing, and direct-entry midwifery, and whole foods nutrition. A comprehensive integrated healthcare system will also be a strong voice for healthy environmental and agricultural policies, since what we eat, breathe and drink has such powerful and well-documented effect on our health.

At 1:00 pm, in her lecture, “The Power of Self-Care,” Dr. Gahles will discuss several issues regarding integrative health and the attendee’s opportunity to become an effective agent of change for their own health.  Her focus will be on two key issues.  First, she will discuss how current health care reform affects the integrative health care community.  Part of the Affordable Care Act states that insurance companies “shall not discriminate” against any state-licensed health provider, and Dr. Gahles will discuss what that means for long established disciplines, like acupuncture, Chinese medicine, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, and midwifery.

Secondly, Dr. Gahles will educate the audience about their ability to be in charge of their own healthcare by understanding the link between what makes us tick and what makes us sick.  She will explain how the power of self-care can enable each person to create their own wellness portfolio.  The investments made into one’s healthcare can be effective and long lasting, if they empower each patient to take charge of their own health needs and if they are able to address the underlying causes of dis-ease. 

Our Auditorium will also feature two guest lectures.  At 11:30am, Heather Lawrence and David Lawson of Dr. Energy Saver, will share their insights about saving energy and the planet’s resources in their lecture, “Live Comfortably and Efficiently.”   At 3:00 pm, Dr. Susan Silberstein, PhD, founder and educational director of BeatCancer.org, will inspire you to look at food and your health with a whole new perspective in her lecture “Fight Cancer with Your Fork.”

In addition to the lectures, the Fair offers a full day’s schedule of workshops and demonstrations provided by local experts and practitioners.   The gymnasium will also be full of exhibitors sharing their information and services throughout the day.    The Kids Zone is hosted by Camp Arrowhead, whose counselors will be on hand to offer a full day’s program for children of all ages, with crafts, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

The Fair also features a Food Court, where attendees are invited to let local, award-winning chefs  from Nage Restaurant, Hobo’s Restaurant and The Birch Tree Café, teach the taste buds first-hand what the words delicious, fresh, and healthy mean.

Registration for exhibitors/vendors is currently underway and remains open until March 15.  Registration forms are available online at www.edendelmarva.org.  For more information, please contact Patty Burkentine at the Rehoboth Dewey Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-2233 x 15 or by e-mail at [email protected].

The Cape Henlopen High School is located at 1250 Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware. General Admission and parking are free.   The Fair is hosted by the Delmarva Community Wellnet Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the demonstration of economic solutions for environmental challenges that are in harmony with nature.  The Fair’s Event Sponsors include Discover Bank, the Rehoboth Dewey Chamber of Commerce and Going Green on Delmarva, and an Education Sponsor is Quakertown Wellness Center.

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July 1, 2011 - Replenish Program Completes Circle of Life for the Restaurant Fare

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June 2011 - The Longwood Foundation, DNREC and Constellation Energy fund the REPLENISH Program

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February 7, 2011 - Chichester duPont Foundation Supports the Wellnet’s SNAC Program

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