Category Archives: Military & Veterans

The Future of Resilience in the Military

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Resilience is all about being able to function at an appropriate level in any situation with which you are faced, says Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, DARPA Biological Technology Office. For the military, the idea of resilience differs from the civilian world, because a person’s community or support system is in a state of constant change. When in the theatre of war, a service member’s community is his or her unit, we members return home, their families become their beacon or focal point. Whether at home or in theatre, resilience can be built through preparation and training in mind, body and spirit– which is guiding the future of technology in military medical research. Continue reading “The Future of Resilience in the Military” »

Kevin Berry, MD on Resilience: “We Need to Look Beyond Bouncing Back.”

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Resilience means different things for individuals, for communities and for the military. Over the last 15 years, Samueli Institute and its expert partners have explored a wider understanding of resilience than was previously understood. During this exploration, it was discovered that resilience is indubitably more complex than its traditional definition of being able to recover from trauma. Real resilience involves preparedness –the ability to adjust to upcoming trauma and stress. Continue reading “Kevin Berry, MD on Resilience: “We Need to Look Beyond Bouncing Back.”” »

Mind-Body for Performance and Resilience: Advice for Leaders

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We know mind-body practices improve performance. Mind-body techniques are based on recognizing the stress response and engaging in purposeful activities to stimulate the restorative relaxation response. These responses – stress on the one hand and relaxation on the other – are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and can be regulated by the mind. Mind-body techniques can be mastered and leaders can help their teams learn when and how to use appropriately. Continue reading “Mind-Body for Performance and Resilience: Advice for Leaders” »

Combatting Chronic Pain with Acupuncture

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Opioid use has reached epidemic proportions in military and civilian populations and in 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated opioid overdose prevention one of the top five public health challenges[i].

Most notably, 80% of heroin users report that their opioid use began with prescription pain relievers.[ii], [iii]

Chronic Pain in the Military

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Building Confidence in the Kitchen

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TK SAT-11 Fennel“How many of you know what this is?” said Chef Woods, the instructor of the Samueli Institute’s Teaching Kitchen program at Joint Base San Antonio, as she held up a bulb of fennel.

A few tentative hands went up and the rest of the room was befuddled. Many of them had just unknowingly devoured a dish of poached tilapia with fennel and white beans. That is, after they had whipped out their iPhones to take photos of the beautiful healthy feast.

Learning about healthy ingredients as well as how to cook them, is part of a multi-faceted approach to lifestyle education that focuses on building culinary, nutrition, exercise and mindfulness skills to increase health, resilience and wellness.

Making Food Approachable

Expert chefs, one military and one civilian, make ingredients and cooking approachable. Participants learn the whys and hows behind previously intimidating cooking techniques like sauté, short-poach and en papillotte; dishes/ingredients like homemade stocks, aoli, court-bouillon and chia seeds; and kitchen tools like fish spatulas, cartouches and immersion blenders. Continue reading “Building Confidence in the Kitchen” »

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