Maryland University of Integrative Health supports A Wider Circle’s Race to End Poverty

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Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) announced today that it has expanded its community outreach partnership with A Wider Circle to support the 2021 Virtual Race to End Poverty.

A Wider Circle’s annual Race to End Poverty, which will take a virtual format for the second year in a row, runs from April 3 to May 1. Throughout April, MUIH will support the event through live and virtual cooking and nutrition workshops, as well as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture activities. The race culminates with participants coming together virtually to run or walk a 1 mile or 5K distance.

A Wider Circle will also host a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate the month of exercise and action to end poverty, recognizing race winners in various categories.

“MUIH is pleased to support the Race to End Poverty and other activities of A Wider Circle. We are grateful for this partnership and the opportunities it provides for MUIH students to engage with the community and apply their learning. This is part of our mission – supporting our community in learning the great benefits of whole foods, easy cooking techniques, and other resilience practices to strive and flourish. Together, students and community members learn the value of these approaches in creating healthy and resilient communities,” said Eleonora Gafton, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Cooking Lab Director.

The mission of A Wider Circle is to end poverty. Its holistic approach integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. It also seeks to develop large-scale solutions that incorporate greater awareness and engagement by the community.

With its Center for Community Service based in Rockville, Maryland, A Wider Circle’s personalized approach treats every one of its neighbors with respect and dignity. Since 2001, A Wider Circle has provided vital services to more than 260,000 children and adults. A corps of 30,000 annual volunteers help 30,000 people in need each year.

“Supporting a Wider Circle and other community-based organizations is an important and growing component of MUIH,” said Marc Levin, President, and CEO.

MUIH also supports A Wider Circle’s mission on an ongoing basis. Students in MUIH’s M.S. Nutrition and Integrative Health program design and implement monthly nutritional literacy curriculum including cooking demonstrations, nutrition and wellness workshops, and recipe creation.

MUIH also supports A Wider Circle’s Partnership 2 Independence program, a five-year intensive program aimed at supporting local families to bring themselves off public assistance.

About Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is a leading academic institution focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices. Deeply rooted in a holistic philosophy, its model for integrative health and wellness is grounded in whole-person, relationship-centered, evidence-informed care.

Since 1974, MUIH has been a values-driven community educating practitioners and professionals to become future health and wellness leaders through transformative programs grounded in traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH has more than 20 progressive graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, offered on-campus and online.

In the on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, MUIH provides compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, which delivers more than 20,000 clinical treatments and consultations each year.

For more information visit www.muih.edu.

About A Wider Circle

The mission of A Wider Circle is to end poverty. Our holistic approach integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We also seek to develop large-scale solutions that incorporate greater awareness and engagement by the community.

Since 2001, A Wider Circle has provided vital services to more than 260,000 children and adults. A corps of 30,000 annual volunteers help us to serve about 30,000 people in need each year. Our holistic and personalized approach treats every one of our neighbors with respect and dignity.

Engaging community members and companies with the time and resources to advance our mission enables us to provide furniture and essential household goods, enhance job skills, and leverage community partnerships to support people who are at risk of homelessness or who have other barriers to self-sufficiency.

For more information visit www.awidercircle.org.

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Kionne S. Johnson
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