May 2024 Proclaimed “Health and Wellness Month” by Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz and “Lifestyle Wellness Awareness Month” by Rochester Mayor Kim Norton

Rochester, MN – May 5, 2024 – Lotus Health Foundation (LHF), the philanthropic arm of Rochester Clinic, proudly announces that the month of May has been proclaimed “Health and Wellness Month” by Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz and “Lifestyle Wellness Awareness Month” by Rochester Mayor Kim Norton. These proclamations align with LHF’s mission to promote community wellness through education and related activities.

The initiatives of LHF echo the priorities outlined in the 2024 – 2026 Community Health Improvement Plan by Olmsted County Public Health, focusing on mental health, drug use, and access to care.

To mark this occasion, LHF will host its 6th annual Community of Wellness Symposium and Gala on May 16 – 17. Themed “Lifestyle Medicine – Pathway to Health and Happiness,” the 2-day event will feature 15 leading health experts across a variety of medical specialties. Esteemed speakers including Dawn Mussallem, DO, Thomas Kottke, MD, and Brenda Davis, RD. will share practical advice on how to develop a routine of self-care for optimal health, while highlighting Lifestyle Medicine’s impact on the epidemic of chronic disease that is affecting our healthcare system. Attendees will also enjoy a live episode of “The Exam Room” podcast, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and hosted by ‘Weight Loss Champion’ Chuck Carroll. “The Exam Room” is ranked one of the top 10 podcasts for nutrition. 

The “Community of Wellness” Gala on the evening of May 17 will feature a keynote presentation on the connection between Lifestyle and Happiness from Dr. Amit Sood. 

Assistant Commissioner, Maria Sarabia of the Minnesota Department of Health will present the proclamation on behalf of Governor Waltz at the Symposium.

“We are excited to bring together experts and community members to explore the vital role lifestyle medicine plays in achieving overall health and happiness,” said Mei Liu, founder of Lotus Health Foundation. 

For more information and to register for the symposium and gala, please visit

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