SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


The Royal Oak Community Coalition in partnership with Royal Oak Schools and

the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities presents a one day

opportunity to explore complementary and integrative practices that maintain

and sustain optimal health and empower people when challenging a health

related condition.

The evolution of medicine is moving toward a whole person approach designed

to treat the person, not just the disease. The goal is to treat the mind, body and

spirit all at the same time.

In 1993, integrative medicine got a boost of greater public awareness after a

landmark study confirmed one in three Americans had used a complementary

therapy. Physicians and academic research finally have the science to understand

these connections and no longer consider complementary approaches fringe.

The appeal of integrative modalities is treating the whole person by blending both

conventional and holistic approaches that will improve the management of illness

at all levels. The aim is to take into account not only the physical symptoms but

also psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness.

Another consideration of addressing health conditions through the application of

holistic practices is some individuals are reluctant to use medications due to

potential side effects, adverse interactions with other drugs or are in recovery

from an addiction.

While seeking traditional medical care is important, complementary and

integrative modalities empower an individual to assist in the process and

provides another support system for those challenging a physical or mental health


By putting complementary and integrative health and physical, emotional, and

mental health on community agenda, the ROCC pursues a crucial quest to

encourage a shift in health care practices from passive to active participation and


The Holistic Health and Wellness Expo is an unique experience by providing the

public with an opportunity to meet directly with Practitioners, Health Care

Produce Vendors and attend one of the 27 mini- classes offered throughout the

day. A $5.00 donation at the door supports community related wellness


For more information like us on facebook.com / royaloakcommunitycoalition or

log on to: www.romi.gov/rocc, click Holistic Expo to find maps, list of classes and

participating Practitioners.

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