In this Highlight series, we get to know the leaders of BANA.
Board Member Highlight: Janet Abbott, TLMT, teacher and researcher of integrative health and wellness systems and geothermal mineral waters.
Janet Abbott, Board President, brings to BANA a geological perspective of what lies beneath the earth’s surface. Her personal research and work with the US Geological Survey makes her the ideal person to set the course for BANA’s goals in 2015 through 2018.
Her years in the health and wellness field lend the perfect blend of guidance and wisdom to organizational goals; to inform, educate and raise general awareness to the benefits found in mineral water bathing. “We plan to add testimonials from our members because mineral waters can be transformational,” Abbott says.
As an advocate, “……bathing in mineral waters for health and wellness is one of our initiatives, and my intention is to help shape the organization’s vision for the future.” The general public needs to be educated,” Abbott added. “The positive health effects the body receives through a soaking experience in warm mineral water chemistry for therapy and healing is what BANA is all about.”
Where and When did you first ‘Take the Waters’?
In Bonita Springs, Florida near Shangri-La Health Resort in 1977.
What projects are you currently working on for BANA?
As President of BANA, I am working with all committee chairs on our current projects which include our Map Project, BANA Website as our outreach medium, BANA Periodical #2, Stories/Testimonial collections and the Manitou Springs Fall Water Festival.
What is the current interest in Hot Springs in the United States and North America?Hot springs continue to be of interest to all living beings throughout our history on this earth. In the U.S., there are hundreds of hot springs in natural settings open to the public and some privately owned. Water Stewards oversee destination locations ranging from small user-friendly styles to resort establishments with amenities. Seekers of warm mineral waters number in the hundreds of thousands coming from all over the world to visit sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
What industry opportunity to you feel BANA is ready to meet?
Developing relationships with water stewards to network mineral water interests through our Map Project. Broaden the ‘Language of The Waters’ through our website and periodical to include guiding interests via education on the benefits of soaking in mineral waters and drinking mineral waters. Outreach to water specialists at levels of government, university labs, hydrology, geology in order to establish an understanding of what, where, why, how, and when warm mineral waters are a valuable inclusion in practices of health and wellbeing.
What is your main goal for BANA in 2016?
To make anyone and everyone feel welcome to join BANA in acknowledgement and practice of The Waters in North America as valuable and beneficial to us.