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Spinal Manipulation and Exercise for Low Back Pain in Adolescents

Low back pain affects almost a third of Americans. While there is a long-standing belief that low back pain is limited to adults, research has shown it develops with increasing frequency during adolescence. Spinal manipulation and exercise are two such approaches which are recommended for adults with low back pain. Little is known, however, regarding the effectiveness of these treatments for adolescent low back pain sufferers.

Michael Pollan: Why we should practice mindful eating

Food expert Michael Pollan discusses mindful eating. You can read the full article on our Taking Charge site.



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Ricka Robb Kohnstamm

Featured Alumni: Ricka Kohnstamm

Ricka Robb Kohnstamm combines more than 25 years of professional service industry and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States' premiere research universities. She offers individual and group coaching at her private practice, Align Whole Health.

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2018 India Group with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

CSPH 5318 faculty and students just had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India! During each India trip, the Group visits the Taj Mahal in Agra and travels to Dharamsala in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. Dharamsala, is home to His Holiness and a large Tibetan refugee community. Doctors at Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute, teach the Group their “Six Day Course about Tibetan Medicine.” 

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Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT)

What is the science behind equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT)? That is the question we try to answer in the CSpH 5643 "Horse as Teacher" course. This blended (six weeks online with one week face-to-face) class highlights the science behind EAAT and how partnering with the horse can help the brain and body work together to bring about measurable positive outcomes.

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii

Travel Abroad: Hawaii 2019

In this exciting interdisciplinary travel program, you will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and learn about integrative healing and wellbeing in a tropical setting. Topics include aromatherapy, indigenous Hawaiian healing, and Reiki.


CSPH 1101 - Self, Society, and Environment: An Interconnected Worldview

This course will help students understand their worldview and how it was formed, consider other world views, and deepen their understanding of how an interconnected worldview will ensure that their actions have positive and sustainable effects on themselves and the world.

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