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Spa summit at National Press Club June 24

May 30, 2014 - Rancho La Puerta founder Deborah Szekely, Red Door Spa CEO Todd Walter, and Dr. Pamela Peeke are among newsmakers coming to Washington June 24 for a spa summit at the National Press Club.

The all-day program will examine how the United States can be a nation of healthier and happier people, according to chairman Mary Bemis, publisher of "Insider's Guide to Spas." Town-hall-style conversations with local, regional, and national leaders will highlight the emerging role of spas in health care and prevention of illness.

Keynoter Dr. Pamela Peeke says spas need a new paradigm. Describing the transition from SPA to SPREE, Dr. Peeke will offer groundbreaking science of "lean, green genes for the present day spa journey." Author of "The Hunger Fix.," Dr. Peeke is WebMD Chief Lifestyle Expert; Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Maryland; Senior Olympic Triathlete, National Spokesperson for the Senior Olympics, and host of RadioMD/iHeart’s HER radio show

The program includes a fresh take on Southern cuisine prepared by Executive Sous Chef Tim Morton of The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina for the day’s luncheon.

Early Mountain Vineyards, the winery of the Jean and Steve Case family, is donating wines produced in Virginia using biodynamic methods near Charlottesville.

Attendance is limited. Reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis at www.washingtonspaalliance.com/symposium/. Cost is $100 for Washington Spa Alliance members and $175 for non-members.