Lifestyle factors — including nutrition, physical activity and stress — are critical determinants of health and, when poorly managed, can cause a veritable pandemic of chronic disease and unsustainable health care costs. Yet despite overwhelming connections between lifestyle factors and disease, most medical schools lack a cohesive approach to helping students translate their basic science education into practical patient advice and care.
I’m not quite sure if I actually taught my offspring how to cook. But having a role model certainly helps. My father did all the cooking when I was a kid. One day I asked, “Why do you do all the cooking?” and his reply was,
“You’ve tasted your Mother’s cooking. Survival.”
I taught myself how to cook because I thought all Dads did the cooking. Don’t they?