Healthy Living is focus of Marshall event

October 21, 2015

Northwestern, SMSU offer health options, tips to area residents

As dramatic change remakes the health care world, residents of Marshall and Southwest Minnesota will have an opportunity to learn about new options for staying healthy and to hear from experts about making the most of their health spending.

Northwestern Health Sciences University and Southwest Minnesota State University will sponsor a Healthy Living Summit in the Upper Convention Center on the SMSU campus from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30. The free event will include presentations on therapeutic massage, acupuncture, nutrition, smoking cessation and other topics. The event opens with a keynote speech on the changing health care landscape by Dr. Chuck Sawyer, a chiropractor, professor and Special Assistant to the President at Northwestern, in Bloomington, Minn.

“The last few years have been full of change in the health care world,” Sawyer said. “Naturally, that has raised questions. But it also has opened up new choices, many of them focused on preventing disease and illness and many also more cost effective than in the past. Our event in Marshall is designed to bring better understanding about all of these possibilities to the residents of Southwest Minnesota.”

SMSU is participating in the summit to bring the latest thinking in health care to area residents.

“We know the people of our region have questions about the changes they are seeing in health care,” said Dr. Dwight C. Watson, SMSU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “Northwestern is a strong partner with a proven track record of training the next generation of health professionals. We’re pleased to bring this event to our campus and look forward to this day of education and information for our community.”

SMSU and Northwestern have developed an academic partnership that allows students to save time and money on their educations. The “3 + 3” partnership enables SMSU students who have completed prerequisite courses and who have excelled academically to finish their bachelor’s degrees in the first year of graduate studies at Northwestern, completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in six years instead of seven.

Registration and check-in for the Healthy Living Summit begins at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register in advance. For a full list of activities and to register, please go to

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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