Nutrition is not just what you eat, but also how much of each item you consume. One major change that is cited as a reason leading to the overwhelming overweight and obesity epidemic seen in the United States is portion size which is increased in the presence of larger plates and food containers. In a study of obese adults with type 2 diabetes, patients using a portion-controlling plate (with segments labeled for starch, protein, and vegetables) lost significantly more weight than their non-portion controlled counterparts, and 26% were able to be taken off of their diabetes-related medications.
To help Americans learn more about portion control, as well as see how portion sizes have changed in the last 10 to 20 years, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides a quick reference portion guide, as well as two “Portion Distortion” interactive quizzes where you can test your knowledge of nutrition.
The collaborative Emory University and Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) have announced their first offering in a series of quarterly symposia, titled “Fixing US Healthcare: Problems and Solutions”.
The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 from 11:30-2 pm in Cox Hall on the Emory University Campus, and all students, faculty, and staff can participate by registering for the event. The talk features a keynote address by Dr. Stephen H. Lipstein, President and CEO of BJC Healthcare, followed by a panel discussion of healthcare provider, economic/business, and technology perspectives. More information about the event is available here.
Emory University School of Medicine has joined Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative, serving with other member organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), to serve the health care needs of veterans through research, education, and patient care. Veterans have unique health needs, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Just a few of the ways Emory University provides unique care to veterans includes:
- Virtual reality therapy to combat phobias through the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
- A National Institutes of Health-funded phase III clinical trial to treat TBI with progesterone
- A hand transplant protocol that uses advanced immune suppressant drugs that are less toxic
- The BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative, a joint effort between Emory University and the Atlanta Braves that provides Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with access to mental health and counseling services.
More information about Emory University’s involvement in the Joining Forces Initiative is available in this press release. Full details are available on the Initiative’s website.