NW Wellness Conference | Saturday, April 1, 2017 | Yakima, WA


The NW Wellness Conference aims to help physicians and members of the healthcare team to learn, engage, and improve the overall health of patients and their communities. 

By presenting research-based education and creating opportunities to network and collaborate, the NW Wellness Conference will:

  • Inspire positive changes in lifestyle
  • Promote optimal wellness
  • Foster the sharing of best practices that can be incorporated into delivery of care

Directly following the NW Wellness Conference, the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation invites participants to attend the 17th Annual Founders' Evening.  This formal reception and banquet ceremony will be in the Modern Living Building at the State Fair Park in Yakima, WA from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  More information on the event and registration is available on the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation's website: www.nwosteo.org   

Needs Statement and Learning Objectives

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are due to chronic diseases. Treatment of these diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health costs. Yet, many of these deaths are preventable.

Unhealthy lifestyle behaviors are among the potentially modifiable risk factors in our lives. Screening, diagnosis, early intervention can help limit the progression of conditions that might later lead to debilitating diseases that require costly care. Some of the most powerful chronic disease prevention approaches are those that can motivate and facilitate health-promoting choices in daily life. However, in many instances, we approach health and wellness based on what is wrong, instead of what is right.

By having a broader vision of wellness and health promotion and taking a systematic and multidisciplinary approach, healthcare professionals can be much more effective. Research has shown that physicians with healthy lifestyle habits are perceived as more credible and motivating to their patients and the residents under their supervision.

Improving awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyle, enhancing motivation to form and maintain positive habits, and building the skills necessary to adopt new behaviors supports the efforts of physicians and members of the healthcare team in creating opportunities that help people make the healthy choice the easiest choice.

Upon conclusion of the NW Wellness Conference, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the behaviors and environmental factors that lead to or worsen chronic diseases.
  • Discuss the effects of exercise and nutrition on mental health and chronic disease management and prevention.
  • Incorporate information on nutrition, exercise, mental health, and pain management into clinical practice and advise patients about lifestyle behaviors for optimum health and therapeutic interventions.
  • Identify strategies to implement wellness initiatives that meet the health needs of their community through a multidisciplinary approach.

Agenda, Faculty, and Location

NW Wellness Conference

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00am to 4:00pm

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

200 University Parkway, Butler Haney Hall, Auditorium, Yakima, WA 98901



7:00am - 7:50am          Registration & Continental Breakfast

7:50am - 8:00am          Opening Remarks: Edward Bilsky, PhD

8:00am - 9:00am          Improving Health & Well Being on a National Level: Kevin Miller, DO

9:00am - 10:00am        Nutrition & Prediabetes: Eden Miller, DO

10:00am - 10:50am      Exercise Physiology: Daniel Pederson, DO

10:50am - 11:00am      Break

11:00am - 12:00pm      Opiates and The Fifth Vital Sign: Jeanne Rupert, DO, PhD

12:00pm - 1:00pm        Lunch

1:00pm - 1:50pm          The Impact of Stress and Burnout: Syed Jamal Mustafa, MD, PhD, FAPA

1:50pm - 2:50pm          Meeting Your Micronutrient Needs: Balz Frei, PhD

2:50pm - 3:50pm          The Health Benefits of Hops: Jan Frederick Stevens, PhD

3:50pm - 4:00pm          Closing Remarks

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Registration Information


The registration fee for the NW Wellness Conference is $50 per person.

Students: In the Promo Code, enter the word students to get a 25$ discount.

Public: In the Promo Code, enter the word public for $25 off of the $50 price. 

Attendees are encouraged to register to attend the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation's Annual Founders' Evening reception and banquet following the conference.

Registration for both the NW Wellness Conference and the Annual Founders' Evening is available at www.nwosteo.org.

Please contact ude.UWNP@EMC if you have any questions or concerns. 


CME Accreditation

Accreditation Statements

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and other health care professionals.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee to sponsor continuing medical education activities for physicians.

AOA Credit Designation Statement

This live activity, NW Wellness Conference, on April 1, 2017, has been approved for 6.75 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

PNWU designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure and Request for Special Accomodations

Policy on Disclosure

It is the policy of PNWU that each person in a position to control activity content disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved drugs or devices during their presentation(s). The PNWU CME Committee has established policies that are in place to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made prior to the start of the live activity.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the faculty presenters and do not necessarily represent those of Pacific Northwest University or members of the PNWU CME Committee. The PNWU CME Committee applies a validation review process to evaluate the content of each presentation to ensure the fairness, balance, and scientific integrity of the content. 

Drugs and Off-Label Uses

The faculty for this activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure the information they are presenting is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation. Information regarding drugs (eg, administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, and precautions) and delivery systems is subject to change.

Participants are advised to check the manufacturer’s insert and medical references for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering any drug.

Americans with Disabilities Act

PNWU fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations there-of. Please notify us if you have any special needs: ude.uwnp@EMC, 509-249-7885.    

Visiting PNWU and the Yakima Valley

For more information on Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, please visit www.pnwu.edu.

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The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation has reserved a block of rooms at the Oxford Suites.

Please contact the hotel directly to inquire about lodging and the PNWU rate: 

Oxford Suites Yakima Washington Hotel
1701 E. Yakima Ave, Yakima, Washington 98901
Phone: 509-457-9000, Toll Free: 800-404-7848 

Exhibitor Information

A limited number of exhibitor tables will be available during the NW Wellness Conference.

To learn more about exhibiting and to apply, please visit Exhibitor Information.

A list of current exhibitors is available here: Exhibitor List