Festival on Health

Learn about the power of plants and living a healthy, green lifestyle during Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.


| Juen 25, 2010



Yoga is one way to improve your health.

Yoga is one way to improve your health.

courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis – Plants are essential to the basic survival of both people and the planet; they provide medicines, nourishment, shelter and the oxygen we breathe. Their beauty can be a source of therapy, restoring our spirit. Experience the power of plants and learn how to live a healthy, green lifestyle at the “Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival,” Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Hosted by the garden and the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, enjoy a day of healthy talks, tips, food, fitness and fun! Healthy foods will be available for purchase.

The garden seeks to “preserve and enrich life” by illuminating the importance of plants to the balance of life on Earth. Garden scientists estimate that there are 400,000 species of plants on Earth, but less than one in eight have been evaluated for human use. Catharanthus roseus, a plant native to Madagascar and known to fight childhood leukemia, is an example of the healing power of plants. The garden’s research collaboration with the Siteman Cancer Center, an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach, has led to the “Healthy You, Healthy Planet Festival,” to promote the connection between good health and green living.

Become inspired to lead a healthy lifestyle and learn about the positive choices you can make to benefit both your health and the health of the planet. Expert-led talks will discuss the benefits of adopting healthy cooking habits, ways to prevent diseases, screening guidelines for breast cancer, and medicinal plants.

Have health questions? Washington University experts and physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital will offer free health screenings and opportunities to “ask the expert.” Talk one-one-one with physicians and experts about a variety of health issues including: colon and rectal cancer, pancreas and upper GI cancers, gynecological cancers, lung and esophageal cancers, hereditary cancer, dermatology and melanoma, and breast cancer. Relaxation techniques and traditional remedies will also be presented.

Learn about colon cancer and walk through the human colon. The 20-foot-high, 40-foot-long inflatable colon offers an up-close look at healthy colon tissue, colorectal polyps and various stages of colorectal cancer.

Visit the women’s area to get information on breast health screenings and talk to physicians about correct methods of self-examination. The Siteman Cancer Center’s Every Woman, Everywhere Mobile Mammography Van will be available for screenings by appointment only. To schedule a mammogram, call 800-600-3606. Mammography is an X-ray examination of the breasts and is the best test for identifying breast cancer before it can be felt – when cancer is more likely to be curable.





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