Special Events

The Nutrition & Health Conference is a great place to connect with other health care professionals and explore continuing educational options to expand your existing practice, enhance the care you offer clients and patients, or even start a whole new career.

These are some of the special opportunities scheduled for this year's conference. Check back here as more events, including informational luncheons on some of our educational programs, will be added in the coming weeks.

UACIM Alumni & Associates Networking Evening

When: Sunday, April 29, 6:00pm-7:00 p.m. no-host bar, 7:00-9:30 p.m. plated dinner
Where: Westin Boston Waterfront (the conference hotel)
Who: UACIM Alumni (Fellowship, IHeLp and Coaching), and their guests.
Details: Pre-registration required
More information here.

Meet the Faculty Reception

When: Monday, April 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Exhibit Function Area
Who: Anyone attending the conference

Heart Centered Meditation

When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:00-7:00 a.m.
Where: Grand Ballroom Section D
Who: All conference attendees, up to room capacity
What: Come join Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson for a guided morning heart centered meditation. The foundation of this meditation practice is based on 4,000 years of tradition and is found in multiple cultural traditions. The heart center is a well-spring of healing energy and this meditation is an essential part of any self-healing practice. It has aspects of a modern day loving kindness meditation as well as a Zen component of stillness. The meditation will begin with a brief Qi Gong exercise to help settle the nervous system and allow the body to assist with quieting the mind and opening the heart. All are welcome.

Breathwalking

When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:00-7:00 a.m. AND Wednesday, May 2, 6:00-7:00 a.m.
Where: Meet in Grand Ballroom Section A-B
Who: All conference attendees, up to room capacity
What: Come join Dr. James Nicolai for a guided morning Breathwalking. For many in the modern world, carving out time for both traditional seated meditation and exercise has become close to impossible.

Meditating while walking has a long, noble history in ancient spiritual disciplines. One example is the Zen Buddhism practice of kinhin, which is often performed in groups, single file, to the sound of a clapper or bell. Other spiritual traditions have different forms of contemplative walking, but all share a similar purpose: to focus on synchronized breathing and stride in order to develop mindfulness of the present moment.

Even if you are an experienced seated meditator, you may find value in enlarging your repertoire with a walking practice. You may discover that uniting three rhythms — stepping, breathing and mental counting — is the most effective way to calm and redirect a chattering mind and pull your focus from obsessing on there and then to a new appreciation of here and now. All are welcome. Please see attachment for more information on Breathwalking.

IHeLp Information Breakfast

When: Tuesday, May 1, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Where: Marina 1 room
Who: Up to 40 people who indicate interest at UACIM table
What: Do you want to approach patient health from a partnering, integrative perspective and bolster your health promoting toolbox? Please join us for our Integrative Health & Lifestyle program (IHeLp) informational breakfast and a chance to learn about this unique interprofessional, six-month, mostly online, educational offering. Visit the UACIM exhibit table to receive your invitation to attend. Scholarships and prizes will be given out to those present!
Contact: Admissions Team, (azcim-admissions@list.arizona.edu; 520-626-2865)

IMR Information Lunch

When: Tuesday, May 1, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Where: Marina 1 room
Who: Up to 40 people who indicate interest at UACIM table
What: Stop by our University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM) table to pick up an invitation to Tuesday's informational lunch about Integrative Medicine in Residency. Specifically, if you are a residency program director or faculty, join us to learn more about our Integrative Medicine in Residency competency-based online training curriculum for primary care and pediatric residents. See how you can incorporate IMR in your residency program and bring integrative medicine education to your residents.

Integrative Health Coaching Information Lunch

When: Tuesday, May 1, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Where: Marina 2 room
Who: Up to 40 people who indicate interest at UACIM table
What: Join us for the Integrative Health Coaching informational lunch and have a chance to learn critical new skills to facilitate healthy behavior change. Stop by the UACIM exhibit table to receive your invitation before Monday at 5:00 pm. You will learn to empower and support people in achieving their goals for optimal health and wellness through coaching. UACIM Fellowship & IHeLp Alumni are eligible. Raffle prizes are available to those in attendance.
Contact: Admissions Team, (azcim-admissions@list.arizona.edu ; 520-626-2865)

Fellowship Information Breakfast

When: Wednesday, May 2, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Where: Burroughs Room
Who: Up to 60 people who indicate interest at UACIM exhibit table
What: Visit our University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM) exhibit table to pick up an invitation to Tuesday's informational breakfast to learn more about our world-renowned Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Please join Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson as she presents details on how you can enroll in this state-of-the-art distance learning program and become part of the vibrant community transforming health care. Two $1500 scholarships and additional prizes will be given out to those present! Physicans (MDs and DOs), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmDs), Physician Assistants, and Advanced Practice Nurses are eligible to attend.
Contact: Admissions Team, (azcim-admissions@list.arizona.edu; 520-626-2865)


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