February 2, 2016

Chilly plunge into Long Island Sound supports World Wetlands Day

It may not be the coldest winter on record, but it was chilly enough early Tuesday morning when a group of University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine students plunged into Long Island Sound to save wetlands.

Their 7:30 a.m. dip was one of thousands of acts held around the world by environmentally concerned citizens to celebrate World Wetlands Day. Held since February 2, 1997, the worldwide event marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in Ramsar, Iran, on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

With the temperature hovering in the low 30’s, seven hardy students, a faculty member, and a department administrator from the College of Naturopathic Medicine joined the campaign this year.

With enthusiastic cheers, the group raced into the Sound, which still reflected the early sunrise on its quiet surface. They chose to take seaside_plunge_393

the dip because “there’s an obvious and important link between natural health care and our environment,” said College of Naturopathic Medicine Dean Dr. Marcia Prenguber.

“We use hydrotherapy and plant-based medicine so the connection between our health and our planet’s health are intimately related. We’re hoping to make this an annual event,” Prenguber added.

After the dip, everyone warmed up with tea seasoned with cayenne pepper. “It stimulates warming,” Prenguber explained.

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