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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 050. | October 19, 2023
050: A Legacy Unveiled: Mark & Wanda Huberman Discuss the NHA’s Past, Present, and Path Forward
050: A Legacy Unveiled: Mark & Wanda Huberman Discuss the NHA’s Past, Present, and Path Forward

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In a world obsessed with quick fixes and instant gratification, the NHA shines as a beacon of consistency and enduring success. June 2023 marked our 75th anniversary, and today, we’re elated to celebrate the 50th episode of the NHA Health Science Podcast, guided by long-time member of the NHA, conference presenter and host, Dr. Frank Sabatino.

We welcome back Mark and Wanda Huberman for an insightful conversation with Dr. Sabatino. In this special episode, they navigate the NHA’s exceptional 75-year legacy, exploring its timeless principles, rich history, and innovative spirit that distinguish it.

Timeless Principles: The Foundation of NHA’s Legacy

Mark Huberman, NHA President, opens the discussion by highlighting the NHA’s enduring commitment to timeless principles.

For seven and a half decades, the organization has stood as a beacon of healthful living, emphasizing the vital connection between nature and human well-being.

These principles, rooted in natural hygiene, have not only weathered the test of time but also continue to be validated by scientific advancements. The NHA’s steadfast dedication to these principles has made it a guiding light in the ever-evolving landscape of health and wellness.

NHA’s Evolution: Embracing Collaborative Approaches

Executive Director, Wanda Huberman, is the driving force behind the sold-out NHA Conferences. Since 1991, she’s been a dedicated attendee, taking the reins as the event director since 2017. Her exceptional organizational skills shine, making these events a success.

Wanda’s passion for the NHA’s rich history and legacy fuels her passion to continue leading the charge as conference director.

Wanda’s vision extends to expanding and enhancing the NHA, ensuring its strong organizational future for decades.

Unlike many organizations that witness constant changes in leadership, the NHA’s continuity in key positions has been a strength. This stability has fostered a sense of community and connection among members, driving the organization’s growth and impact.

The NHA’s evolution has seen a shift towards collaboration and inclusivity. Rather than existing in isolation, the NHA actively collaborates with like-minded organizations and experts, expanding its reach and influence. Embracing diversity in speakers, both in terms of expertise and backgrounds, has become a hallmark of NHA events, enriching the experiences of attendees and fostering a sense of belonging within the community.

Plant-Based Travel: Redefining Healthy Experiences

One of the most exciting innovations at the NHA is its foray into plant-based travel. As with the annual conference, Wanda Huberman is the driving force behind this initiative, sharing the organization’s vision for offering unique and healthy travel experiences to its members.

Partnering with Windstar Cruises, the NHA has curated exceptional travel opportunities, combining the joy of exploration with a commitment to whole food, plant-based living.

Windstar Cruises, in collaboration with the NHA, offers plant-based travel experiences that exceed expectations. By integrating health-conscious practices into their culinary offerings, the cruise line ensures that travelers enjoy not just delicious but also nutritious meals.

Every aspect of the travel experience is carefully curated to align with the NHA’s principles, providing members with an immersive and satisfying adventure.

Embracing Innovation: The Key to NHA’s Continued Success

Mark Huberman emphasizes the NHA’s proactive approach to innovation, which has been a driving force behind its longevity. By embracing new ventures like plant-based travel, the NHA Health Science Podcast and the online newsletter, the NHA is constantly seeking ways to enhance educational offerings.

The NHA ensures that its members are not only informed but also inspired to live healthier lives. The organization’s commitment to excellence and adaptability has solidified its position as a leader in the natural living movement.

The 50th episode of the NHA Health Science Podcast serves as a testament to the NHA’s rich history and its unwavering commitment to timeless principles. As the organization continues to evolve, embracing collaborations and innovative ventures, it remains a guiding light for individuals seeking optimal health and wellness.

For those inspired by the NHA’s mission, the invitation stands: contribute your ideas and be part of the organization’s journey towards a healthier, more harmonious world.

To learn more about the National Health Association and its initiatives, visit their website at

Episode Highlights

[02:00]             What the NHA represents.

[05:15]             Standing the test of time with timeless principles.

[09:00]             The time-tested power of collaboration.

[16:30]             The NHA’s part in the evolution of lifestyle medicine.

[18:30]             NHA collaborates with WindStar Cruises for a unique experience.

[30:00]             The cost and benefit of membership is beyond compare.

[34:00]             The NHA Conference is one of a kind.

[37:30]             The importance of community for one’s health and well-being.

[42:50]             Growing and expanding continues to be front and center.

About Mark Huberman

Mark Huberman is the President of the National Health Association and Editor of the award-winning Health Science magazine. Mark has adhered to a whole food, plant-based vegan diet since birth in 1951 and credits his excellent health to the pioneering vision of his parents, Max and Ruth Huberman.

An attorney since 1976, Mark served as a Part-Time Magistrate of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court for 20 years. For the next 20 years, he served as the Chief Magistrate of the Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court until retiring in June 2017.

Mark is also a founding member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and has served on numerous Advisory Committees and Commissions of the Ohio Supreme Court.

He currently serves as Administrator of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

For nearly all of Mark’s adult life, his greatest passion has been supporting the work of the National Health Association, the oldest organization in the Country advocating the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and lifestyle, something it has been championing since its founding in 1948.

About Wanda Huberman

Wanda Huberman retired as a regional claims manager after 30 years in the casualty insurance industry to become the full time Executive Director the National Health Association.

Her leadership role is one of fluidity, creativity, compassion, and flexibility.

Adapting to the changing times due to conference restrictions in 2020, Wanda grew the annual conference from a small, in-person annual event to a highbred virtual and in-person, sold-out event that attracts global attendance.

Wanda oversees operations for the longest-running nonprofit vegan organization in the United States. Founded in 1948, the NHA promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

Visit  for more information on the National Health Association.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation and stress management.

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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