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Nutrition and Lifestyle Training

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With three-quarters of health care dollars spent on chronic life-style related diseases, Samueli Institute focuses on creating health and well-being rather than focusing on disease. In addition to our work within the scientific community, Samueli Institute educates organizations and individuals to address how we eat, move, sleep, cope with stress, and interact with others.

Our experts teach science-backed curricula presented from a whole-systems approach in both train-the-trainer and group learning models within hospitals, workplaces and military settings. Continue reading “Nutrition and Lifestyle Training” »

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” »

Registration Now Open for Breakthrough Collaborative on Home Hospice and Palliative Care


Registration is now open for the Optimal Healing Environments in Home Hospice and Palliative Care Breakthrough Collaborative. The new Collaborative launched last week at the National Organization for Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

The group is limited to 50 participants.

The aim is to enhance the experience of care by decreasing symptom and treatment burden associated with advanced illness — specifically, pain, anxiety, dyspnea, helplessness and finding meaning in suffering.

The literature abounds with science-based studies demonstrating the efficacy of integrated self-care modalities. By focusing on healing-oriented practices in mindfully created healing environments, we seek to learn what works and what doesn’t for both patients and lay caregivers in home hospice and palliative care.
Ideal candidates are home hospice and palliative care organizations that choose to be at the forefront of change, discover ways to relieve human suffering, implement those discoveries on a real-time basis and report their efficacies so others can follow suit.

Together, we will define innovative strategies by:

  • Integrating healing-oriented practices into clinical protocols and intake procedures.
  • Teaching all care providers, including lay, the techniques to facilitate healing for themselves and for the patient.
  • Managing the home environment as a healing space.


At the end of this first-in-a-series Collaborative, our intention is to collectively demonstrate:

  • Decrease in the number of ER visits for pain, anxiety or respiratory distress;
  • Increase in fulfillment of the patient and family-generated end-of-life plan;
  • Increase of patient and/or families who rate their satisfaction with care at the highest level; and
  • Increase in engaged households configured to optimize their home as a healing space


For more information or to download the application and letter of intent, please visit SamueliInstitute.org/Collaboratives or email palliativecollaborative@SIIB.org.

From Worksite Wellness Programs to a Framework for Flourishing


As workplace wellness has exploded into a $6 billion industry, the value of worksite wellness programs has become the topic of a much-needed and vigorous debate. As part of the dialogue, an article by Al Lewis and Vik Khanna in the journal Health Affairs questions whether worksite wellness programs improve health and wellness and save money OR if they cost money, coerce people and create adverse effects.

Many medical interventions (including drugs and surgery) often look good in observational studies only to be shown to be ineffective (or effective in a subgroup only) in rigorously done randomized controlled trials.

My work with the military and at Samueli Institute has shown that the issue is bigger than we thought and it requires a new approach.  Continue reading “From Worksite Wellness Programs to a Framework for Flourishing” »

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