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Food for Thought: Can Healthy Eating Affect Brain Performance?


Subject matter experts convened at Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA, in March of 2015 to identify the state of the science for dietary nutrition and turn that science into action through feeding policies and guidelines as part of a Metabolically Optimized Brain project

After two days of meetings, the team gathered to experience first-hand how healthy  cooking can be fun and delicious.

Learn more about the Metabolically Optimized Brain project

Dietary Substances in the Military: The Metabolically Optimized Brain


More members of the U.S. military (74%) use dietary substances than civilians (52%)1; however the safety and value of these substances are largely unknown within the military community.

Samueli Institute was commissioned to develop “The Program for Research on Dietary Supplements in Military Operations and Healthcare: The Metabolically Optimized Brain (MOB) Study” in 2013 to uncover nutrition’s role in Service members’ mission readiness. Continue reading “Dietary Substances in the Military: The Metabolically Optimized Brain” »

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” »

The Healthy Eating Halo Effect



America’s obesity crisis is well-documented, as well its impact on the overall health of the nation through an increase in hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. While many are engaged in important efforts to help alleviate the obesity epidemic by encouraging changes in public behavior and convincing Americans to eat better and exercise more, some colleagues and I decided to focus our efforts on a different population: doctors and other health care professionals.

Previous studies have shown that doctors who practice healthy behaviors such as exercising, wearing a seatbelt or not smoking, are more likely to advise their patients to do the same. Could this healthy halo effect from physician to patient also include making healthier food choices? A new study released this week in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that might be the case. Continue reading “The Healthy Eating Halo Effect” »

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