Walking: It’s Easy as One-two-tea -- Andrew Weil, M.D., Hosts “Virtual Tea” to Discuss “Walking Your Way to Optimum Health”

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Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and one of the nation’s best-known and most respected physicians, will host a virtual tea from his home in Tucson, AZ, on May 18, 2011 with Australian podiatrist and Vasyli founder, Phillip Vasyli. This special event will be live-streamed to the public at 11am PDT, and select members of the media will be invited to attend a virtual pre-event at 9am PDT.

Dr. Weil Integrative Footwear: Spirit in Red Nubuck

"Walking is the best overall form of exercise. It is an ideal way to strengthen almost every major organ in the body, promote bone density, and boost the immune system," said Dr. Weil.

Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine and one of the nation’s best-known and most respected physicians, will host a virtual tea from his home in Tucson, AZ, on May 18, 2011 with Australian podiatrist and Vasyli founder, Phillip Vasyli. This special event will be live-streamed to the public at 11am PDT, and select members of the media will be invited to attend a virtual pre-event at 9am PDT. Dr. Weil will be discussing the benefits of walking, the impact it has on your health, and his fashion-meets-function shoe line, the Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear collection.

Dr. Weil has a loyal following of men and women interested in living long, healthy lives. Now, for the first time ever, his fans will have the chance to interact with him directly online, asking questions via a live chat that he will answer during the live-stream. Through this moderated discussion, participants will learn more about his philosophy, gain insightful tips, and explore the benefits of his biomechanically designed footwear, which promises to take you where you want to go, balanced, energized and in comfort.

“Walking is the best overall form of exercise. It is an ideal way to strengthen almost every major organ in the body, promote bone density, and boost the immune system,” said Dr. Weil. “And walking is accessible to everyone as it requires no skill or practice, and the only equipment needed is a pair of good shoes.”

With the weather warming up nationwide, Dr. Weil’s message is particularly poignant. As people begin to plan their summer travel and venture outdoors, it’s essential that they find proper balance and alignment through their footwear, which will not only help them walk further, but also help maintain their body’s energy efficiency. True to his philosophy of integrative medicine, Dr. Weil’s footwear collection promotes optimum health from the ground up by supporting the body’s natural ability to walk, making it enjoyable, even for those who may be hindered by pain.

Dr. Weil is a best-selling author and frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live. He has authored over 11 titles on the subject of health and well-being, and his core recommendations have advocated walking as one of the best forms of daily exercise. Thus his collaboration with Vasyli, Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear, is a natural fit.

Featuring clinically proven Orthaheel technology, the Spring 2011 collection contains four new women’s sandals, including: Seek, a strappy sling back; Portal, a sling-back sandal; Charm, a slide sandal; and Hope, a slide sandal with embossed Labyrinth print. Styles are available in a variety of spring fashion colors including white, bronze, light grey and navy metallic leather and lavender and red nubuck.

The Weil Integrative Footwear collection is currently available online and in-store at: SoleProvisions.com, Footsmart.com, select Dillard’s and specialty shoe stores nationwide.

Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from sales of Weil Integrative Footwear products directly to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education and research. For more information, visit http://www.weilfoundation.org.

About Weil Integrative Footwear
The Weil Integrative Footwear collection is created in collaboration with Vasyli LLC, whose founder, Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, is among the world’s leading producers of orthotics. The line’s primary styles include sandals for both men and women and walking shoes for women. Each design incorporates the proprietary AMS Aided Motion System™ footbed technology developed by Vasyli. For more information, visit http://www.weilbeing.com.

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