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JFK University Honors Three Health and Wellness Leaders

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Alice Waters, and Kristine Carlson to Receive Kennedy Laureate Award

November 12, 2010

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, will honor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Alice Waters, and Kristine Carlson at the 2010 Kennedy Laureate Awards Dinner on Friday, November 12, at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville. Over 400 people will attend this event to honor these three individuals for their dedication and service in the field of health and wellness, and for the positive impact they have had on people’s lives around the world.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for the Health, Medical & Wellness unit at CNN. Gupta, also a practicing neurosurgeon, is the lead reporter for breaking medical news, American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360°, and CNN documentaries.

Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy and a passionate advocate for sustainable agriculture. She maintains that cooking should be based on the freshest and healthiest locally-grown seasonal ingredients.

Kristine Carlson, widow of Dr. Richard Carlson, author of the international bestselling “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series, is also an author and has appeared on radio and TV broadcasts, The Today Show, The View, and Oprah Winfrey Show.

Proceeds from this year’s Kennedy Laureate Dinner go directly toward student scholarships and support for outreach programs that benefit thousands of families and children, such as the University’s three mental health Counseling Centers and ACT Violence Prevention trainings. The programs are served by JFK University graduate and doctoral interns in Bay Area communities.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit www.JFKU.edu.

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: www.nusystem.org.

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