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health fitness This Section is a Supplement to The Weekly Sun January 25, 2012 healthy & fit at any age Establishing Sun Valley as a Health Destination STORY & PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK S un Valley would seem a natural as a health retreat with its clean air, abundant sunshine and myriad of recreational opportunities emphasizing healthy living. Now, the non-profit Sun Valley Wellness Institute is taking the next step to become a world-class center for health and well-being and showcase Sun Valley as a destination for wellness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun Valley is a destination resort for health and wellnessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; even skiing is very therapeutic,â&#x20AC;? said Institute Board President Nick Maricich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just makes sense to offer more innovative educational presentations yearround and promote what we already have to help Sun Valley become even more recognized.â&#x20AC;? The Sun Valley Wellness Institute was established in 2005 when it formed to take over the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, which had been created by the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau in 1997. The Festival was created after a survey of Valley residents indicated that they believed such a festival would be a valuable asset to the Sun Valley area, said Carol Waller, the Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director. Since its inception, the Festival has brought in such speakers as Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Zorba Paster, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Marianne Williamson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Lawford talking about a variety of topics from living longer to fighting addiction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at the quality of speakers in the Wellness Festival, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best wellness festivals of its sortâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you get invited, it means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it,â&#x20AC;? said Maricich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It became obvious to us as a board that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a position to offer even more through our contacts and standing in the wellness community.â&#x20AC;? To accomplish its vision, the Wellness Institute wants to: â&#x20AC;˘ Develop an integrated community of wellness that includes health, fitness, spirituality, food and the environment. â&#x20AC;˘ Promote Sun Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellness practitioners, programs, businesses, organizations and events through an integrated marketing effort. â&#x20AC;˘ Organize and present top-tier educational programs, events and conferences throughout the year that will attract both locals and out-of-town visitors. â&#x20AC;˘ Create a long-term strategic plan to create a world-renowned wellness retreat center similar to Big Surâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Esalon or New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Omega Institute. It has already expanded its website,, in a bid to become the â&#x20AC;&#x153;go toâ&#x20AC;? calendar and directory for wellness-related programs, events and resources in the Valley. Local wellness practitioners, organizations and continued, page 5 RIGHT: Sun Valley Wellness Institute President Nick Maricich had a 15-year career as a professional ice skater and skier. Maricich is now a supervisor with the Sun Valley Snowsports School. He has had a longtime affinity for medical intuition and other health and wellness practices, studying as far afield as Brazil. A founding member of The Sun Club in the mid-1990s, he has also taken part in the Crow Sun Dance south of Billings, Mont. On Christmas Eve, he was honored by being asked to lead the torchlight parade down Dollar Mountain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big deal, a major honor,â&#x20AC;? said Maricich. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tradition since 1937.â&#x20AC;? )LW:RUNV &RPHLQ 3RZHUXSDW IRU<RXU IRUDOO\RXURXWGRRUSXUVXLWV &RPSOLPHQWDU\ 'D\3DVV 7+(%&5' )LW:RUNV /LPLWRQH SHUFXVWRPHU SPeciAL New YeArâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SAviNGS ON ALL MAttreSSeS! GreAt SAviNGS on All remaining 2011 Stock And New 2012 Models! Great Selection and Low Pricing! No need to leave the valley to shop for a mattress, our pricing is just as competitive. Twin Mattresses Queen Sets 99 starting at just $ 1(:(48,30(17 $))25'$%/(  )/(;,%/( 0(0%(56+,36 ,163,5,1* &/$66(6 0RQGD\)ULGD\DPSP 6DWXUGD\DPSP 6XQGD\DPSP &DOOXVDWRUYLVLWEFUGRUJIRUPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQ $ King Sets 299 starting at just $ 499 starting at just Brand New Simmons Have Arrived â&#x20AC;&#x201D; All Special Memory Foam, Natural Latex Beds, And Beautyrest On Sale Now! SJ\S],2JRTW^+TFR RFYYWJXXJX\LJQYJHMSTQTL^ SJ\SFYZWFQHFWJ QFYJ]RFYYWJXXJX 89&79.3,&9/:89 89&79.3,&9/:89 $ 1599 * .36:**3 $ 1899 * .36:**3 GWFSISJ\ XNRRTSXGJFZY^WJXYXJYX 89&79.3,&9/:89 $ 899 * .36:**3 PLUS, Get Free Delivery! * CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY â&#x20AC;˘ SEE STORE FOR DETAILS We ProudLy carry TheSe fiNe MaTTreSS braNdS 101 bullion Street east â&#x20AC;˘ (208) 788-4438 (At the corner of First and Bullion in Hailey, across from Atkinsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market) Monday-friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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