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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” »

A Collaborative Focus On Pain Management


In early September, Samueli Institute convened more than 40 leaders in pain management as part of the Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative. The meeting was the second of three highly interactive learning sessions focused on state-of-the-art ideas in integrative chronic pain care.  Participants shared with each other the specific best practices they’ve tried – what worked and what didn’t – and learned how to customize recommended ideas to accelerate improvement in their own organizations.

Participants included military and civilian health system practitioners, from senior health system leaders, physicians, anesthesiologists, and surgeons to social workers, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and process improvement specialists, all dedicated to providing better care for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

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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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Acupuncture for the Trauma Spectrum Response: A Reading List


Faced with more than 11 years of combat deployment, the US military is motivated to find innovative solutions to sustained problems. Samueli Institute’s collaborations with the US military expand drugless pain management, alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), heal from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), develop resilience, and promote Total Force Fitness.

One factor that makes treating Service members challenging, is that when they return from combat, their symptoms, such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cognitive deficits, sleep and drug use and neuropsychiatric conditions often coexist. They have multiple problems that occur together. Continue reading “Acupuncture for the Trauma Spectrum Response: A Reading List” »

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Resilience


On June 23 and 24, 2015, subject matter experts met at Samueli Institute in Alexandria, VA, to review the prototype of a forecasting model that addresses successful reintegration of warriors back into civilian life following combat deployment.

Here are just a few images from the event.

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