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December 25, 2012
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Vail health summit concept evolves

VAIL, Colorado - The key visionaries and concept architects of last September's Vail-based health and well-being event, John and Jamie Stone, have formed a new nonprofit group, DiscoverWell.

The organization will continue to evolve the concept of Vail as a destination for well-being through its Vail Living Well Summit and Vail Living Well Experience events.

"DiscoverWell is dedicated to the evolution of Vail as a place for connecting leaders in health, fitness and longevity with health conscious individuals in an interactive, evidence-based, fun and experiential environment," said Jamie Stone, president of DiscoverWell.

Surveys of both attendees and presenters categorized the 2012 event as a success. Their opinions caught the attention of numerous local, regional and national organizations and potential sponsors.

"We're thrilled to announce a partnership with Johannes Faessler and the Sonnenalp Hotel team to provide programming that elevates Vail as the premier destination for health and well-being," Jamie Stone said. "Our nationally and internationally renowned presenters and sponsors share in our passion for both the Vail Living Well Summit and the Vail Living Well Experiences that will be offered throughout the year."

The DiscoverWell team and its partners are already developing programming for the September event in addition to its first multi-day longevity program in February.

The signature event, Vail Living Well Summit, like last September's event, is an interactive health-centered summit intended for both locals and destination guests alike and designed to achieve an enriching, educational and transformative experience. Next year's Vail Living Well Summit will be held Sept. 19-21 and will include the same interactive "university" feel of multiple sessions in addition to featuring high profile keynote speakers, a vendor expo and activities that incorporate Vail's outdoor mountain environment.

"The key evolutionary elements for 2013 happen with the addition of more singularly focused events throughout the year, called Vail Living Well Experience," John Stone said. "For example, we will feature our first Vail Living Well Experience Feb. 6-9 at the Sonnenalp Hotel. The event, called 'Stressing Gracefully: The Science and The Art,' will feature renowned health psychologist Eli Puterman, Ph.D. and is designed to help attendees learn about and manage 'the good, the bad and the ugly' of stress."

In addition, "Stressing Gracefully: The Science and The Art" will give attendees the opportunity to ski with Olympic and World Cup champion skier Cindy Nelson, snowshoe with five-time adventure racing world champion Mike Kloser and practice yoga with international yoga teacher and inspirational speaker Katie Brauer. The Sonnenalp Hotel has a specially designed package for the event.

For more information about Vail Living Well and the programs and events that it produces visit www.vaillivingwell.org or call Vail Living Well's concierge at 970-343-9918. For more information or to reserve a spot and book lodging for the February Vail Living Well Experience call Patricia McNamara at 970-479-5434 or email pmcnamara@sonnenalp.com.


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