In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:
Integrating Wellness & Nutrition: Lessons from University of Cincinnati
Presenter: Sian Cotton, PhD
March 22, 12 PM ET
- Briefly review the crisis of chronic disease and minimal attention to lifestyle education in medical schools and healthcare provider burnout as background
- Highlight 2 programs at UC that constitute a preventive and educational approach to fostering well-being
- Provide overview of first program: Turner Farm Student Wellness retreats
- Provide overview of second program: Mind-Body course, modeled after Georgetown University
- Present information on development, outcomes, and sustainability plans for both programs as models
Teaching Kitchen: idea is to pair the culinary science with the nutritional science.
- To transform Disease Care to Wellness Care, need to educate health providers
- Transformation starts with education of students -traditional curriculum does not emphasize lifestyle modification
- Inter-professional learning grows into inter-professional team-based care
- Turner Farm’s Teaching Kitchen as platform
Have Student Wellness Retreats
- Retreats are 6 hours usually on a Saturday
- Evaluations are over whelming supportive of the Wellness Retreats with regards to presentations, experience and opportunities for both professional and personal changes.
- Student Wellness Retreats at Turner Farm were highly successful
- Sought after –Student Affairs promotes
- Development of personal wellness skills
- Increasing interest in Integrative Health
- Greatest challenge: funding/faculty time to sustain
- Future longitudinal student teaching kitchen sessions for continued healthy behavior change and knowledge
- One out of two physicians experience burnout
- This is not just limited to physicians but to all health care professionals
- “Burnout is a response to chronic stressors that wear on a person over time – not acute ones such as a big event or a big change” Christina Maslack, PhD
- According to John Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness is “The awareness that emerges through paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”
- Although the rates of chronic stress and burnout among physicians are rising, practicing mindfulness can reduce burnout and increase empathy
- Student outcomes saw increase in mindfulness, empathy, positive affect, resilience and a decrease in perceived stress and negative affect.
Summary and Final Thoughts
- Wellness, through nutrition, movement, mindfulness and connectivity is critical to expose students to early on
- Experiential versus didactic-only
- What is Required?
- Faculty modelling
- Integration, rather than “one-offs”
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”
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