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Nutrition, Prevention and the Affordable Care Act

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The American Nutrition Association® (ANA) invites the public to a community forum titled, “Nutrition, Prevention and the Affordable Care Act,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine. The public is invited free of charge to this important panel discussion.

The esteemed forum panelists are:



  • Congressman Joe Walsh, IL 8th District;

  • Joseph Mercola, D.O.; and 

  • Barbara Bellar, MD, JD, MA

  • Laura Minzer, executive director, Healthcare Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce



The president of the ANA - Michael Stroka, JD, MBA, MS, CCN, CNS, will moderate.

“The goal of the forum is to have a respectful discussion about aspects of the Affordable Care Act which relate to nutrition, prevention and integrative medicine,” Stroka said. “We want to educate both the public and our local and national representatives about this massively complex piece of legislation and just how it will influence preventative care, specifically nutritional counseling and integrative medicine. We will present facts, voice concerns and listen carefully to opinions from our panelists and answer questions from audience members.”

Congressman Joe Walsh of the 8th District of Illinois has been invited to participate so that he may share his efforts on patient-centered reforms in health care and hear public concerns related to prevention within the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Joseph Mercola is a world renowned physician based in Chicago. Dr. Mercola sits on the professional advisory board of the ANA and is an expert in nutrition and its role in disease prevention.

Barbara Bellar is both a medical doctor and lawyer and has comprehensive knowledge of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”).

Laura Minzer, in her leadership role with the Illinois’ Chamber of Commerce, spearheads collaborative response to state-level health reform (Affordable Care Act.)

Tammy Duckworth, Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative from the 8th District of Illinois, was invited to be a panelist, but she has another commitment.

The American Nutrition Association was founded in 1972. The ANA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to promote optimal health through nutrition and wellness education. The organization has hosted hundreds of top tier nutrition experts in Chicago including such luminaries as Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. The ANA is a community where professionals, individuals and organizations can interact on the subject of nutrition.

“For nearly four decades,” Stroka said, “we have been at the cutting edge of science-based nutrition, educating both laypeople and professionals about the health benefits of good nutrition and wellness. The Affordable Care Act is on course to set the paradigm in healthcare and prevention for years to come. It’s important that people and legislators be educated on how the legislation impacts nutrition and preventative care.”

The general public, healthcare professionals and senior citizens are encouraged to attend this community forum. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is recommended. Registrants may submit questions in advance. To reserve a free seat at the community forum on “Nutrition, Prevention and the Affordable Care Act,” visit http://www.theANA.org.

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