Integrative Medicine & Well Being Component

Youth Exploring Science

Aric Wanagat supervises the Integrative Medicine & Well Being component and is the Manager of College and Career Readiness for the Community Science Department.

The Integrative Medicine and Well-being component focuses on health and wellness for families and individuals in the metropolitan community. YES Teens in this component are able to identify, understand, and practice various aspects of a physical exam, explore and examine the fundamentals of nutrition, develop workout circuits and spaces that meet general fitness needs, and analyze multiple systems of the body.  Furthermore, YES Teens demonstrate their medical knowledge through multiple health expos and showcase events, and during the Brain Bee competition at Washington University.

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Interesting Facts

  • According to the NIH, (National Institutes of Health), there are many benefits to physical activity for adolescents and children. They concluded that one hour of daily, moderate to vigorous, physical activity can benefit overall health and help limit lifestyle disease in adulthood.
  • In 2020, according to the the U.S. News & World Report, health care jobs continue to be the highest-paying jobs in the country. The highest paying medical job goes to anesthesiologists with an average salary of $270,000 a year.
  • The U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of registered nurses and will more likely intensify as the baby boomer population ages. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), schools across the country are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand and are currently working with schools, policymakers, nursing organizations, and the media to bring attention to this healthcare concern.


  • US Navy
  • Washington Universtiy at St. Louis
  • GSK
  • IBEW Local 1

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