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Mind Tactics for Better Sleep, Nutrition and Performance

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Can eating a single dried strawberry improve your overall health? As part of Samueli Institute’s Teaching Kitchen, a 12-week experiential learning program, service members and their spouses learned how eating consciously is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Too often, because of the hustle and bustle of daily life, food is consumed without even a thought. You eat what’s put in front of you without thought to whether you are hungry or when you become full.

This is especially true for the high-speed lives of service members and their families. Continue reading “Mind Tactics for Better Sleep, Nutrition and Performance” »

Cooking for Health in the Military


Samueli Institute, in collaboration with the office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, embarked on a pilot project to investigate whether an integrated training approach involving culinary skills, nutritional science, behavioral coaching, mindfulness and exercise is feasible to implement and impactful in a military environment.

“If large numbers of possible recruits are ineligible to serve, and poor activity and nutrition discipline impacts the readiness of those that do enter military service, then the issue is not just a matter of National health; it is a matter of National security.” U.S. Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho

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To the Future Healers: Advice for the Graduating Class of 2015


On May 22nd I addressed the 2015 graduates of Samuel Merritt University at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. My advice? Beware of a focus on “cure” rather than healing; Acknowledge what you didn’t learn in medical school; Care for the whole person; and finally, Lead with compassion.  Continue reading “To the Future Healers: Advice for the Graduating Class of 2015” »

Meeting Teens Where They Are – Texting for Health


The average teen sends anywhere from 3,000-6,500 texts a month according to the major cell phone carriers. So if we’re to meet teens where they are, it’s going to be behind the tiny screen of a cell phone.

Samueli Institute partnered with HealthCorps® to harness the power of text messaging in an effort to increase healthy choices in teenagers in a pilot study called What R U Eating. Founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps runs in-school health programs to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

Using mobile technology to increase healthy behaviors is not a new concept; however the logistics of harnessing this technology has been largely unexplored. This study is one of the first of its kind testing the use of text messaging with teenagers as a telehealth option. Continue reading “Meeting Teens Where They Are – Texting for Health” »

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