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Living a balanced life is necessary for personal effectiveness, peace of mind and good health. My interpretation of a well-balanced life includes having, 1. An emotional well being, being attentive to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and having the capacity to accept, understand and manage them, 2. A physical well being, keeping our bodies in good condition by including exercise, good nutrition and good mental health, and 3. Spiritual well being, being in tune with our spiritual self through faith, values, ethics and morals.

Whether we work, go to school or travel, we all have responsibilities. There is always someone or something to answer to, things we want to do and things we must do. The challenge is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy and choose to do. This is not always easy. If, however, we are unable to reduce stress and manage a well-balanced life, there can be physical and/or unhealthy consequences.

How is it even possible to live a balanced life with so many distractions vying for our attention? With so many choices in our life, how do we use the art of discernment to filter out the important things such as creating balance with mind, body and spirit? Even more importantly, how do we teach our children the value of a balanced lifestyle in a world of distraction?

One thing is certain; you cannot be your best if you are unhealthy. Many of us think we can burn the candle at both ends, eat unhealthy and get little exercise and still function adequately. At some point in life, it will catch up with you resulting in stress, burnout and illness.

Hill College not only understands the value of balance and the connection of mind, body and spirit, but also, has taken it a step further by developing an exciting new program that will not only educate and bring awareness of the mind, body, spirit connection, but also affords students the opportunity to obtain a credential, that can serve to enhance personal enrichment or supplement health professions.

The Hill College Holistic Wellness program provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue holistic wellness education within an accredited, degreed program that allows the use of federal financial aid, for those who qualify, and can lead to an associate of science degree. The typical path for a program such as this would be for students to select one of three concentration areas. However, our program is one of a kind in the nation that was designed with the student in mind by integrating all three concentrations — holistic nutrition, holistic wellness coaching and clinical herbalism — into one program.

Hill College’s biology instructor, Lori Valentine Rose, PhD, CNP, BCHN, FDN-P, RH (AHG), NBC-HWC, is the mastermind and instructor behind the Holistic Wellness program. In addition to being a true innovator in her field, Rose has extensive experience and qualifications in this area of study, including being a National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) board certified nutrition professional and holistic nutrition consultant, a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, an American Herbalist Guild (AHG) registered herbalist (RH), and an International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. 

She integrates all of her passion and diverse knowledge into the Holistic Wellness program at Hill College. Her curriculum includes not only the textbook knowledge of these areas, but also teaches hands-on application of these skills in client-centered, herbal energetics-based and lab-supplemented clinicals. In addition, herbal identification and wildcrafting, medicine and permaculture food and herb gardening are included in the program.

A great benefit of the program at Hill College, depending on the option chosen, is that students can obtain the education required to apply to any or all three of the national/international credentialing boards: NANP, AHG and ICHWC. Students can earn an associate of science degree or just take the six holistic wellness classes needed for board certification/registration, and the courses can be taken in-person, online or both.

It gives me such great pleasure to know that we have yet another option for members of our community to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Upon completion of the Holistic Wellness program at Hill College, students can have their own personal holistic wellness clinic or blog, add these certifications onto other health or physical education professions, or continue on to a university to pursue advanced degrees in the health and wellness field. 

Hill College has the privilege of assisting local residents with the quest for a well-balanced life. We all have responsibilities and this is one of ours, as reflected in our mission statement, “… The College enhances the educational, cultural, and economic development of its service area and assists both individuals and the community to prepare for a more productive life.” Whether you are searching for a new career option or simply a more balanced life, let Hill College join you on the journey.


Pam Boehm is president of Hill College

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