Alumni Highlight: Amy Hardesty |

Amy Hardesty graduated from ACHS with an AAS in CAM in 2017 and now owns her own wellness practice called Hustle and Chow. Amy came across ACHS when trying to research ways to help her son with his health issues. “We researched programs to learn more about health and nutrition and how to take care of him,” she says. “I came across ACHS and it piqued my interest and so I jumped in full force.” She originally wanted to focus on families whose child has a celiac disease diagnosis, but since then her goals have broadened.

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

Music for Stress Relief |

During this difficult time with COVID-19, music can be a welcome distraction and stress-reliever. We asked our staff, faculty, and students what they are listening to in order to feel less stressed, and this is what they said.

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

Essential Aromatherapy Supplies & Recipes for DIY Sanitizer |

By now, we all have our handwashing technique down and are practiced at the physical distancing dance. We have all mastered the method of using disinfecting wipes for every touched surface and hand sanitizer even though handwashing is best.  

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

Collective Impact: Be The Change You Wish To See |

Pictured: ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen harvesting Vetiver.

Not many businesses have the power to say that with a vision, a typewriter, and organic essential oil test kits, we have globally impacted the way holistic healthcare students “live well, learn well, [and] educate others for a reason.” As we round-up B-Corp Month, American College of Healthcare Sciences is proud to be a part of a global community that’s using our business as a “force for good.”

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

Fitness Activities for the Entire Family

Family Fitness

Looking to improve the health and well-being of you and your family? Getting fit together is one of the best ways to spend quality time with your partner and children as well as instill in them an appreciation for health and fitness. Here are some fun ways to get everyone involved in being active and improving their overall well-being.

Get Out of the House

No matter how old your kids are, you can find a reason to get out of the house. Kids these days spend so much time huddled over their computers and phones. They need to experience the fresh air, cool breeze, and radiant sunshine of the great outdoors. Plus, if you get involved, it becomes a family activity that will give you more quality time with them.

Younger kids will enjoy a trip to the park or playground. These green spaces are fantastic places to meet up with friends or make new ones. In addition, you could take a trip to the zoo, which requires a lot of walking as well as learning and fun. Older kids will appreciate a hike or nature walk, a bike ride, or a swim. In the colder months, why not visit a museum or science center to combine walking with some education?

Try a Class

If your kids are younger, you might want to try a parent-child swimming class or maybe a dance or gymnastics class. Older kids are usually more willing to try out other things such as yoga, kickboxing, or aerobics. Your local sports and recreation center may have some low-cost fitness classes that are open to all ages, so this is an excellent opportunity to break a sweat while spending time together.

Explore Your Neighborhood

These days, people are so busy that they rarely take the time to get to know their neighbors or the offerings in their own towns. Become a tourist in your city and encourage your kids to come along. You can take a walking tour of the town or simply ride your bikes along the trails or bike paths. Infusing some history into your outing will help you and your kids develop a closer connection to their hometown. They might even learn something new!

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Healthcare

Different Types of White Blood Cells

White Blood Cell

It’s time to get up close and personal with your blood. Well, not really, but it’s important to understand the basic components that make up our blood. One of those components is white blood cells, which are also called leukocytes.

Team Defense

You could think of white blood cells as the defensive part of our blood. They work hard to keep us protected against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign materials. Interestingly, not all white blood cells perform that same way. 

There are some that will absorb perceived threats, later digesting them and, therefore, removing the danger. Other white blood cells fight off threats by releasing an enzyme that destroys any infectious material. Either way, our white blood cells are located throughout our bodies and are essential for keeping us healthy. Let’s take a look at the different types of white blood cells.


These white blood cells can be found in all of our tissues, and they’re the type that absorbs threats to get rid of them. Macrophages keep our immune system nice and strong, although they also help with the development of sex cells and steroid hormones.

Dendritic Cells

These are a type of white blood cell that is present in our skin, nose, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract. Dendritic cells process information about pathogens in our body and send signals to the lymph nodes and organs that something is amiss.

B Cells

These cells are responsible for releasing antibodies into our system to fight off harmful invaders. If the threat is particularly severe, B cells may reproduce and become plasma and memory cells. Memory B cells retain information about pathogens, which helps our immune system quickly respond to familiar viruses and infections.

There are other types of white blood cells, as well. They have distinct methods for destroying infected cells and helping the body respond to allergies.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Science

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