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About Wellness Institute

At Cleveland Clinic, we have a strong history of leadership in the wellness sphere. We have a designated Chief Wellness Officer, New York Times best-selling author and Wellness authority, Dr. Michael Roizen, and we've established a Wellness Institute, responsible for implementing wide-reaching wellness programs that aggressively advocate healthy living and remove possible barriers to this end.

As one of the world's most respected academic medical centers, we see first hand the consequences of certain preventable conditions and their effects on the healthcare system. Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute is dedicated to helping our patients, our community members, and our employees achieve optimal well-being and a high quality of life. We do this by combining world-class medical care and quality wellness programs to change unhealthy behaviors and to make healthy life choices.

The Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic directs research studies designed to help with the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Current areas of focus include pre-diabetes, overweight and obesity, diabetes, psychosocial stress, and insomnia. Current studies aim to understand the effect of behavioral modification programs or web-based interventions on these disease states.

Clinical Research

Current research programs involve randomized clinical trials studying the effect of web-based programs to assist with healthy eating and weight loss, psychosocial stress, and insomnia. We are also involved with research into integrative medical approaches to weight loss.

Researchers interested in

  1. Partnering with the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, its research experts, or dietary, exercise, yoga and behavioral health instructors on a research project or
  2. Using the Wellness Institute facilities (including teaching kitchen, gym, yoga studies, or classrooms) as part of a research collaboration

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Recent Publication

Go! Foods in Cleveland Clinic Cafeterias

Cleveland Clinic Go Well

When you see this Go! Foods sticker in our cafeterias, that’s your signal for the healthiest options available.

The Go! logo lets you know you’re choosing nutritious foods that follow these healthy-eating guidelines established by Cleveland Clinic registered dietitians and wellness experts:

  • Less than 4 grams of saturated fat
  • No trans fats
  • Less than 4 grams of added sugars and syrups
  • 100 percent whole grains
  • Minimal sodium

To view your daily Go! Foods cafeteria menu options online, visit the Food Services page (in the OneClicks on the Intranet homepage). Next, select “Dining/Menus” at the left, then your cafeteria location. (in the OneClicks on the Intranet homepage). Next, select “Dining/Menus” at the left, then your cafeteria location.

Wellness Institute Employee Discounts

At Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, we strive to provide you with the services and treatment options you need to improve your overall health and well-being. It is our mission to better your quality of life with employee discounts available on select services for employees and immediate family members. Call for more information 216.448.4325 (HEAL), extension 4.

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2016 News Archives

May 2016
What's really causing that red wine headache

What’s really causing that red wine headache? Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services has the answer.

BBQ "Danger Zone" - A look at food temperatures

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, gives tips on how you can have delicious and safe backyard barbeque this season.

What diet can help protect your brain as you age

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services explains the best diet for protecting your brain as you age.

Why "healthy" food is a bankrupt concept

Dr. Roxanne Sukol explains the difference between real food and manufactured calories.

Can tech improve human interaction in the transactional healthcare environment?

Dr. Will Morris joined Dr. Michael Roizen at the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit to discuss how technology is changing care for both patients and caregivers.

B12 for Vitamin Deficiency?

Do we need B12? Absolutely. Do we need an injection? Probably not, says Dr. Roxanne Sukol of the Wellness Institute.

Misleading food labels state "healthy"

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, offers some tips on how you can avoid getting fooled by misleading food labels.

Back pain options, without the use of medications

New study finds meditation may help relieve back pain. Jane Ehrman, behavioral health specialist comments.

Six ways healthy food labels need to change

Experts discuss changes that need to be made to food labels. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, comments

Here's everything people get wrong about exercise and eating

For a story on what people get wrong about exercise and dieting, registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick of the Wellness Institute explains how to get it right.

Everyday toxins poison our best intentions

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses toxin exposures and educates on ways to prevent or reverse chronic disease.

John Kasich, Ted Cruz exits mean the U.S. will have its third 70-year-old president

Dr. Michael Roizen comments on the aging of former presidents.


April 2016
Ways to Boost Nitric Oxide in Your Body

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses ways to boost Nitric Oxide levels naturally for improved health.

Truth About Weight Loss

Doctors and therapists at the Wellness Institute share insight into exercise habits revealed in a Parade magazine-Cleveland Clinic survey. Dr. Michael Roizen and Judi Bar, yoga program manager, comment.

Make Better Choices at the Ballpark

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, offers tips on how to eat healthier at the ballpark.

Shared Medical Appointments at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses several of the Shared Medical Appointments offered at the Wellness Institute.

Enhance Your Salad

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, explains how to make salads delicious and healthy.

Should ‘Exercise Equivalents’ Be Part of Food Labeling?

An agency in the U.K. recommends food labels contain information about how much physical activity it takes to burn off the calories in certain food products. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Lemon Water

Dr. Roxanne Sukol explains the benefits of drinking lemon water.

Is a Standing Desk Helpful?

New study casts doubt on the benefits of a standing desk. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

We Should Ditch Wraps

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, explains how wraps can often be unhealthy food options.

Five Things Businesses Could Do To Fight Obesity

Dr. Michael Roizen comments on what companies can do to combat obesity.

8 High Protein Breakfasts Registered Dietitians Eat for all Day Energy

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, adds her favorite breakfast to “8 High-Protein Breakfasts that Registered Dietitians Eat”.

Passover Prep

At Passover, Dr. Daniel Neides offers tips on how to maintain a healthy Seder plate.

March 2016
Give Yoga A Try: Sleep Soundly

Judi Bar, yoga program manager, talks about ways yoga can help you get a better night’s sleep.

When Caring Becomes Too Much

Jane Ehrman, behavioral health specialist at the Wellness Institute, talks about the compassion fatigue suffered by caregivers when caring for someone long term.

A little fat in your diet may be OK, after all: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and reversing indicators of heart disease risk.

Journey to Wellness

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, profiled as part of the Sara’s Circle series of women making a difference.

Marshmallows and Nutritionless Wheat: It's What's for Breakfast

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, helps Utah understand what’s good for breakfast, and why it’s not cereal.

Health Benefits of Sumac Spice

Experts discuss the health benefits of sumac spice. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

February 2016
How the age of 2016 candidates stack up to past U.S. presidents; Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders would all be in their 70s

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses aging in the Oval Office.

Yoga and Your Heart

Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, yoga program manager, shares a heart-healthy yoga pose that is simple enough to try at the office and can help reduce stress and tension.

Gaining health begins with reducing stress: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how gaining health begins with reducing stress.

Natural Cold Relievers

Dr. Melissa Young shares natural remedies that can help to treat the common cold.

Cleveland Clinic Talks About Staying Energized

Dr. Michael Roizen gives tips on how presidential candidates can stay energized on the campaign trail.

Heart Health: Yoga

Judi Bar, yoga program manager, explains how yoga can benefit your heart.

Crunchy and Cruciferous: You’ll Love This Special Family of Veggies

Learn how these veggies got their name and why they’re so good for you. Then discover delicious ways to work cruciferous veggies like bok choy and cauliflower into your meals. By Roxanne B. Sukol, MD.


January 2016
More exercise doesn't always mean losing weight

New research suggests there is a limit to how many calories you burn by being more active. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Why you might not lose weight by exercising more

Researchers find people who are active tend to burn the same amount of calories as more sedentary folks. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Preventing snow shoveling injuries

Judi Bar, E-500 RYT, yoga program manager, shares simple techniques to prevent snow shoveling injuries.

Dietary supplements

Dr. Roxanne Sukol comments on the use of dietary supplements.

A football star's anti-inflammatory diet - healthy or not

Dr. Roxanne Sukol shares some of her anti-inflammatory diet rules.

Boost your health

Do These 3 Simple Things to Boost Your Health (Video) with Dr. Michael Roizen.

People who inspired us in 2015

Judi Bar, E-500 RYT, yoga program manager, is included in a recap of inspiring people in 2015.

Cleveland Clinic special branding opportunity

Cleveland Clinic seeks to trademark its Go Well brand to help launch a broader effort to brand products that support physical activity, proper nutrition, stress reduction and good hygiene. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

No food is healthy, not even kale

Dr. Roxanne Sukol explains that words are the key to giving people the tools they need to figure out what to eat.

E-cigarettes don't help smoker quit

New analysis finds adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are 28 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Don't let the wrong carbohydrates hijack your health
Are you feeding children the best, most healthy food?
The only advice you need

Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs discusses natural remedies for easing constipation.

Better health is just a lifestyle

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how the Center for Lifestyle Medicine helps people improve their health and quality of life by adopting and sustaining lifestyle behaviors.

New dietary guidelines urge Americans to eat less sugar

Federal officials issued new dietary guidelines urging Americans to sharply cut back on sugar and eat less saturated fat and sodium. Dr. Steven Nissen and Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comment.

2015 News Archives

November 2015
10 Healthy Food that Make us Feel Gross

Experts discuss healthy foods that can cause unpleasant side effects. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Acupuncture for Neck Pain

Recent study adds to growing evidence suggesting that acupuncture is effective against pain. Jamie Starkey, LAc, comments.

Trending Ideas to Fix Body Complaints

Dr. Michael Roizen tests trending ideas to fix body complaints.

Acquiring FoodBorne Illnesses

Outbreaks of foodborne illness have tripled in the U.S. in the last 20 years. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Five Tips to Help You Manage the Devastating Effects of Stress

Experts share five tips to help manage the effects of stress. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Belly Fat and it's Relationship to Heart Disease

Study shows belly fat may be more dangerous for the heart than overall obesity. Dr. Leslie Cho and Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Surprising Causes of Depression

Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Josie Znidarsic discuss surprising causes of depression.

Comparing a Burger to Fried Chicken

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, explains why a burger is a healthier option than fried chicken.

Calcium and Bone Fractures

New study challenges the effectiveness of calcium supplements in preventing bone fractures. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Benefits of Exercising

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses the benefits of exercising.

October 2015
Smoking on College Campuses

Dr. Toby Cosgrove and Dr. Michael Roizen urge the Ohio Board of Regents to clamp down on smoking on campus.

Special Desk to Help Kids with ADHD

WKSU-Radio – An Akron start-up has developed an easy to use standing desk that is being tested by a school specializing in teaching kids with ADHD. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services discusses food expiration dates.

Acupuncture Can Be Used to Treat Many Conditions

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how acupuncture can be used to treat many conditions.

The Health Benefits of Canned Versus Fresh Fish

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services discusses the nutritional benefits of canned and fresh fish.

Cleveland Clinic Debuts Yoga Certification Program, First of Its Kind

The Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga is the first-ever yoga certification program provided through a medical institution. Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, yoga program manager, discusses the new program.

Sitting Versus Standing - What's the Value?

New research finds no link between sitting for long periods of time and risk of earlier death. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Nutritional Benefits of Quinoa

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of quinoa. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

Tracy Segall, lead massage therapist, talks about the benefits of massage therapy.

Hidden Sugar Found in Dried Fruit

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, warns of hidden sugar found in dried fruit.

Cleveland Clinic's Top 10 Healthcare Innovations in the Past 10 Years

Advisory panel of Cleveland Clinic doctors helped to compile a Top 10 list of the top medical innovations of the past 10 years. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Healthy Low Fat Diet Isn't the Best Way to Lose Weight

New study finds reducing fat is not any more effective for losing weight than other diets. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

September 2015
Brain Health May Be Key to Avoiding the Most Dreaded Disease

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute launched its Brain Health and Wellness program to begin to address the fears of an aging nation.

Seasonal Allergies

Jamie Starkey, LAc, explains how to treat seasonal allergies using acupuncture.

Turmeric is hot and may benefit more than just your taste buds

Recent studies suggest turmeric may be helpful against a range of illnesses, from inflammation to digestive problems. Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs comments.

Here’s What 6 Doctors Really Think of Dr. Google

Medical experts discuss Google. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Ancient Chinese medicine offers a new cure: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute offers both Western and Eastern medical practices. 

Best Heart-Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store (Video)

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, presents heart-healthy choices. Take a peek!

Is Microwave Popcorn a Health Food?

Experts agree on popcorn as a healthy snack. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Wheelchair was in Judi Bar's future until yoga helped her heal: Faces of the Suns (photos, video)

Judi Bar, CYT, E-RYT 500, Yoga Program Manager, shares how yoga helped her overcome spinal stenosis.

The 10 Craziest Health Trends Of The Past 40 Years

Medical experts discuss health trends of the past 40 years. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Refresh Your Work Day With 9 Standing Yoga Poses (Infographic)

Judi Bar, CYT, E-RYT 500, Yoga Program Manager, shares tips and instructions.

August 2015
Sleep Is the Most Underrated Health Habit

Dr. Michael Roizen explains how sleep is the most underrated health habit.

Seniors and Dietary Supplements: When Less Is More

Experts discuss whether it is beneficial for seniors to take dietary supplements. Dr. Roxanne Sukol comments.

How to Protect Yourself From Junk Food Science

Experts explain how to make rational decisions on the food you eat based on science rather than speculation. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Building memory and brain power is critical as we mature: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains the importance of building memory and brain power as you age.

Healthy School Lunches

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, shares her favorite tips for packing a healthy school lunch.

Benefits of Almond Butter

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of eating almond butter. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Pressure Points to Relieve Stress

Jamie Starkey, LAc, explains how pressing certain spots on your body can help relieve stress and anxiety.


July 2015
Guidelines for When Food Goes Bad

The New York Times turns to Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, to decipher food expiration dates.

Fitness trackers all the rage, but do they help?

Dr. Daniel Neides, medical director of the Wellness Institute, discusses the effectiveness of fitness tracking devices.

Domestic violence leaves bruises we cannot see: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute continues to be a champion for women’s health.

Tobacco Tax

The World Health Organization urges governments around the world to increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Dr. Daniel Neides comments. Watch the story.

Health Benefit of Olives

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of olives. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of Wellness Nutrition Services comments.

E-cigarettes may be just as addictive as the real thing

The World Health New research suggests electronic cigarettes may be just as addictive as traditional cigarettes. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

What One Can of Coke Does to Your Body in Only One Hour

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, discusses the impact of soda on bones and teeth.

June 2015
Traffic Noise Versus Obesity

Experts discuss how headlines often confuse correlation with causation. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

What is a Pegan Diet?

Dr. Mark Hyman discusses the pegan diet. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager, wellness nutrition services comments.

Cutting Sugar From Your Diet

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick shares tips to cut sugar from your diet.

Live a Longer Life

Experts discuss ways to live a longer life. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Say No to Moldy Food

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services explains why you should avoid eating moldy food.

5 Foods You Should Eat This Summer

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services provides a few fresh summertime foods to add flavors to your life and benefits for your health.

Keep That Summer Body

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services shares which foods can derail a diet over the summer.

Do You Want to Lose Weight? Learn to Relax

According to Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine, excess weight and high levels of stress contribute to lifestyle-related chronic disease — and the two are related.

Curbing Cravings

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how mindfulness and relaxation can lead to weight loss.

Nutrition Obsession Signs

Experts discuss signs you may be nutrition obsessed. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

7 Reasons to Start Your Day with Lemon Water (Infographic)

Dr. Roxanne Sukol explains the benefits of lemon water. Discover seven reasons why you should consider adopting this super simple habit.

Energy Boosters

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses energy boosters for baby boomers.

French Fries Good For You?

Nutrition experts discourage eating french fries. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Your Jaw May Be to Blame for Your Migraine Headaches

Chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine, relates TMJ to migraines.

French Fries Good For You?

Nutrition experts discourage eating french fries. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Manufacturers Required to Phase Out Trans Fat

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it will require manufacturers to phase out trans fats from processed foods over the next three years. Drs. Steven Nissen and Michael Roizen comment.

Improve Your Posture for Better Performance

Experts discuss 7 ways to improve your posture. Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, Yoga Program Manager comments.

Extreme Dieting and Your Body

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services explains how extreme dieting affects your body.

Are Fitness Trackers Worth It?

Fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular among specific groups. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Are You At Risk for a Heart Attack After Exercise?

People active during middle age and later years need to take precautions when participating in rigorous workouts. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Having Trouble Losing Weight?

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, explains why you may be having trouble losing weight.

Yes, You Can Eat Sugar! 5 Nutritionist Hacks to Make It Healthier

Experts share healthy ways to eat sugar. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Should I Eat Sushi?

Experts discuss healthy ways to order sushi. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Are You At Risk for a Heart Attack After Exercise?

Herbal therapy can help treat a variety of ailments, but should only be used under the guidance of a physician. Dr. Melissa Young comments.

May 2015
Disease Diagnostic Tests

Experts discuss 6 diagnostic medical tests backed by science. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Is a Treadmill Worth Your Time?

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses the risks and benefits of exercising on a treadmill.

The Value of Workplace Wellness Initiatives

Tom Gubanc, Senior Director at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Enterprise discusses the value of workplace wellness initiatives.

Jaw Pain and Headaches

Dr. Andrew Bang explains how jaw pain can lead to headaches.

Wellness Initiatives for Cancer Survivors

Dr. Daniel Neides explains the importance of wellness initiatives for cancer survivors.

Wellness Initiatives for Cancer Survivors

Dr. Daniel Neides writes of Wellness Institute’s initiative for cancer survivors in his new column.

5 Strategies to Help You Stop Emotional Eating
Managing Chronic Fatigue

Dr. Lyla Blake discusses symptoms and treatment options for chronic fatigue.

The Value of Tempeh

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of tempeh. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick shares how to pack a healthy lunch.

April 2015
Scary Things That Happen to your Body When you Skip Meals

Experts discuss 6 scary things that happen to your body when you skip a meal. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Top Diet Programs for Long-Term Weight Loss

New study identifies the top diet programs for long-term weight loss. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Now That's A Stretch on Words

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses several of the yoga programs offered at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, and explains the health benefits of practicing yoga.

Subtle Yoga Poses to Learn

Judi Bar, Yoga Program Manager, explains some subtle poses you can do once every hour that will promote joint health, blood flow, and strengthen muscles.

Chickpeas Are Healthy?

Experts discuss the nutritional benefits of falafel. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

Stress Can Help

Dr. Michael Roizen shares how stress can help if you manage it correctly.

How We Age

New research redefines how people view aging. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

March 2015
Simple Tips to Get Moving

Dr Michael Roizen offers up some simple tips to get you up and moving a little more at home and at work.

New Dietary Guidelines

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD manager, wellness nutrition services, explains the new dietary guidelines.

This Food Causes Weight Gain?

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick comments on sneaky foods that can cause you to gain weight.

Twelve Ways to Deal with Daylight Saving Time

Dr. Daniel Neides provides tips for springing forward one hour.

Does Sugar Impact our Nutrition?

New dietary guidelines suggest sharply limiting sugar intake. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

A Nation in Pain

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation.

Mixing Medications and Alcohol

Dr. Daniel Neides warns against mixing medications and alcohol.

Is Yoga The Secret Weapon for an Athletes Body?

Yoga has increasingly become part of the training for college and high school athletes. Judi Bar, yoga program manager, comments.

Why Does Caffeine Make Me Tired?

Kristen Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, explains why caffeine can affect people differently.

Chiropractor Helps Your Stiff Neck

Dr. Andrew Bang explains causes of a stiff neck and the best treatment options.

Stretch Out The Commercial Breaks

Dr. Michael Roizen shares simple exercises to do during television commercial breaks.

Anchovies Cut Heart Attack Risk

Dr. Michael Roizen discusses new study examining the benefits of eating anchovies.

Meet the Zero Calorie Sweetener You Didn't Know

Monk fruit continues to gain popularity as a zero-calorie sweetener. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of nutrition services, comments.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Pharmacist Away

New study examines the relationship between eating an apple a day and keeping the doctor away. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

February 2015
Couples Yoga has Benefits. Watch the video

Judi Bar, certified yoga instructor, explains the health benefits of doing yoga as a couple.

Are You Overweight? Blame It On Your Genes

Study finds genes play a significant role in weight gain and where fat is stored. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager, wellness nutrition services, comments.

January 2015
Omega-7s May Help Lower Heart Disease Risk, Says Study

Study finds omega-7s may help lower heart disease risk. Drs. Adam Bernstein and Michael Roizen are mentioned.

Is This the New Iron Deficiency?

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager, wellness nutrition services, explains how the lack of magnesium affects your body.

What we learned about health in 2014: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides reflects on wellness guidelines he learned in 2014.

2014 News Archives

December 2014
Buyer Beware: Your Cereal May Contain More Sugar Than a Dessert!

Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager, wellness nutrition services, warns against sugary cereals.

Some swish daily with cooking oil

Experts discuss the ancient Indian practice of oil pulling. Dr. Lyla Blake-Gumbs comments.

5 Tricks to Get More From Your Fitness Tracker

Experts share tips on how to make the most of fitness trackers. Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager, wellness nutrition services, comments.

15 Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2015

Kristin Kirkpatrick, wellness nutritionist talks about what foods would be beneficial to add to your diet.

Trusting your gut, and the importance of your microbiome: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses the importance of your microbiome.

November 2014
Your Lungs: A User’s Manual

Experts discuss ways to keep your lungs healthy and free from respiratory diseases. Dr. Melissa Young comments.

'Vape' Is The Word Of The Year. Here's Why That's A Bad Thing.

Dr. Michael Roizen explains the dangers of using electronic cigarettes.

Should I Eat Dark Chocolate?

Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager, wellness nutrition services, explains the nutritional benefits of eating dark chocolate.

How to Throw a Healthy Children's Birthday Party

Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager, wellness nutrition services, shares tips for having a healthy children’s birthday party.

Baseball’s Oldest Player Reveals His Secret – Acupuncture

Cleveland Indians designated hitter, Jason Giambi, explains how he uses acupuncture to relieve muscles and prevent injury. Dr. Mark Schickendantz and Jamie Starkey, LAc comment.

Should I Drink Coconut Water?

Experts share their thoughts on the nutritional benefits of coconut water. Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager, wellness nutrition services, comments.

6 Super Subtle Symptoms Guys Should Never, Ever Ignore

Men are nearly 25% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year. Dr. Daniel Neides offers six subtle health symptoms to keep an eye out for.

A Push to Back Traditional Chinese Medicine With More Data

Medical experts discuss the costs and benefits of four common natural-healing strategies. Dr. Melissa Young comments.

7 Innovations in Cancer Therapy

Drs. Brian Bolwell and Michael Roizen shed light on the cancer-specific innovations over the past several years that have the biggest ongoing impact.

October 2014
The mind-body connection: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides encourages patients with chronic diseases to explore the mind-body connection.

The mind-body connection: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides encourages patients with chronic diseases to explore the mind-body connection.

Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

Cleveland Clinic announces Top Ten medical innovations for 2015. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

Are you on a gluten-free diet? What if gluten isn't the problem?

Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of wellness nutrition services, discusses gluten-free diets.

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

As traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., farmers are responding to the demand. Jamie Starkey, LAc, comments.

Should I Eat Eggs?

Experts discuss whether eggs are good for a healthy diet. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

Not Getting Better? Eastern Medicine May Help

Chinese herbal medicine helps woman overcome pain caused by POTS. Dr. Melissa Young comments.

Meditation and breathing -- a life-improving combination

Behavioral health specialist Jane Ehrman, talks about how meditation can benefit your health.

10 Foods You're Eating Wrong

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager, wellness nutrition services, discusses 10 foods you may be eating incorrectly.

Restaurant chains cutting calories: What you should pick from the menu

Based on data from 66 leading chain restaurants, entrees that have been added since 2012 have 60 fewer calories on average than menu staples. Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

Your best defense against the flu: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses the best defense against the flu.

September 2014
Belly fat: 3 science-approved ways to trim an inch

Experts share tips for reducing belly fat. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Oz chef teaches healthy grilling, shares three recipes

Executive Chef Jim Perko recently shared healthy grilling tips at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute in Lyndhurst.

Selling Obesity Drugs to Americans Shouldn't Be This Hard

Sales for prescription anti-obesity drugs have been weak for the past couple of years. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Stock Up On the Good Stuff: Surprising Staples in a Dietitian’s Pantry

Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of Wellness Nutrition Services, shares some of her healthy pantry staples.

Foraged ingredients find their way into chic Cleveland area restaurant menus

Foraged ingredients find their way into chic Cleveland area restaurant menus

The power of gratitude: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how gratitude can help make people happier and healthier.

Weight-loss program rewires brain to crave healthy food, scans show

New study shows it may be possible to eliminate junk food cravings after six months of healthy eating. Kristin Kirkpatrick, Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services, comments.

Is hookah or water pipe smoking a safe alternative to cigarettes?

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses the dangers of smoking hookahs or water pipes.

August 2014
Controlling arthritis pain with an ancient treatment

A Chinese study has found that the ancient practice of moxibustion is an effective way to control arthritis pain in the knee. Lead acupuncturist Jamie Starkey comments.

FDA calls for more specific gluten-free labels

The Food and Drug Administration calls for more specific gluten-free labels. Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of wellness nutrition services, comments.

6 ways the food industry is duping you at the grocery store

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Manager Wellness Nutrition Services, discusses 6 ways the food industry is deceptive at the grocery store.

A man's take on women's health: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses the importance of enhancing medical education opportunities for women.

July 2014
Keeping Your Cholesterol in Check

Experts discuss how diet and exercise can help to lower cholesterol. Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of Wellness Nutrition Services, comments.

14 Ways To Avoid Getting Screwed Over By Your Health Care

Experts share tips for proactively being an informed patient. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Most Overweight Kids Don’t Think They’re Overweight, a New Study Finds

New data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows many kids and adolescents misperceive their weight status. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

13 Veggies You Only Think You Don't Like

Experts share cooking tips and recipes to help you learn to love your vegetables. Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

The Truth About 6 “Superfood” Seeds

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick shares the nutritional facts about 6 edible seeds.

Absorbing your health risks: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how increased levels of inflammation in our bodies can lead to chronic diseases.

6 Healthy Foods Worth Splurging On

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses 6 healthy foods worth the extra money.

June 2014
The Problem With Portions

Food companies are experimenting with smaller plates and packages, targeting consumers who crave portion control. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, manager of wellness nutrition services comments.

5 things you didn’t know about gluten-free diets

Experts discuss 5 things you did not know about gluten-free diets. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, comments.

Vitamin D Screening Not Backed by Expert Panel

A government health panel on Monday chose not to endorse widespread screening for vitamin D levels in healthy adults. Dr. Roxanne Sukol comments.

Why Coconut Water Could Replace Your Sports Drink

Why coconut water could become your next go-to sports drink. Comments from Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD.

6 Foods That Can Keep Your Brain Sharp

As you age, what you eat isn’t just about keeping your waistline small, it’s about keeping your brain healthy as well. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD discusses 6 foods to keep your brain healthy as you age.

What does "natural" really mean on food labels?

A new report outlines the importance of clear food labeling when it comes to ‘natural’ products. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, comments.

May 2014
No, Diet Soda Isn't the Key to Your Weight Loss

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick comments on new study claiming diet soda is better than water for weight loss.

Why all the fuss about coconut?

Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses new research on the promising effects of coconut oil as a superfood.

Sorry, But There's No Such Thing As A 'Healthy' Sugar

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick explains how sugar affects your body’s metabolism.

5 Gluten Myths You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask About

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick debunks common gluten myths.

The power of empathy: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explores the topic of ‘empathy’ in his recent health column.

Supplements: Taking too many can hurt you

Cleveland Clinic Lifestyle Essentials shared medical appointments can help you improve your health and well-being through lifestyle changes.

7 Nutty Things You Probably Didn't Know About Nuts!

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses seven things you did not know about nuts.

April 2014
A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

Cleveland Clinic opens Chinese Herbal Therapy Clinic; one of the first in the country to combine Western and Eastern modalities for care. Drs. Melissa Young, Benjamin Katholi, Maged Rizk, herbalist Galina Roofener and lead acupuncturist Jamie Starkey comment.

Joe's Crab Shack uses 'lots' of trans fats, despite claim, health group says

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick warns of the health risks associated with eating trans fats.

Cleveland Clinic’s New Medicine

Cleveland Clinic’s Chinese Herbal Therapy Clinic is featured as it is the first of its kind to be affiliated with a Western hospital. Dr. Daniel Neides, herbalist Galina Roofener comment and Cleveland Clinic patient is featured.

Kirstie Alley joins Jenny Craig to lose weight — again

Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley returns as the face of Jenny Craig after years of struggling with her weight. Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses yo-yo dieting.

Need to relax? Just breathe: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how breathing can have a significant impact on how our body responds and adapts to daily stressors.

March 2014
Yoga: How We Serve in Hospitals to Prevent Illness and Foster Health

Judi Bar, yoga program manager at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute explains how yoga can be used in hospitals to prevent illness and foster health.

Arianna Huffington: Sleep Your Way to the Top

Experts discuss the importance of quality sleep. Dr. Mike Roizen comments.

Healthcare designed for you: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides explains how the Centers for Integrative Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic have been developing individualized treatment for the past decade.

Tanya Edwards, founder and medical director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative Medicine, dies

Cleveland Clinic mourns the passing of Tanya Edwards, MD, the founder and medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Michael Roizen reflects on her legacy.

What to Expect From a Dietitian

Dr. Roxanne Sukol, a preventive medicine specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, explains the role of a registered dietitian.

The Hidden Dangers of ‘Skinny Fat’

Daniel Neides discusses the deadly phenomenon of being skinny fat. Cleveland Clinic patient is featured.

February 2014
Don't Fall For This Food Label Lie

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick warns against claims listed on food labels.

Food Duped: 6 Ways the Food Industry Is Tricking You

Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses six ways the food industry is tricking you.

Orlando Baking making whole grain bread with Cleveland Clinic guidelines

The Orlando Baking Company is making whole grain bread with Cleveland Clinic guidelines. Dr. Daniel Neides comments.

Oprah Visits Cleveland Clinic for Stress Test

Oprah visits Cleveland Clinic for her annual checkup and tweets picture from her visit.

CVS kicks butts across the United States: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses CVS’s decision to halt all tobacco related sales.

Winter Health Horrors & How To Cure 'Em

Experts share tips to cure common winter health problems. Dr. Tanya Edwards comments.

The gold food standard: Words on Wellness

Dr. Daniel Neides discusses what it means to be Go! Healthy™ compliant and explains how to understand nutritional guidelines.

What Happens When Your Body Loses Half Its Weight?

Dr. Roxanne Sukol discusses the effects extreme weight loss has on the body.

January 2014
Ohio Statehouse can help snuff out disturbing trend 50 years after Surgeon General's landmark smoking report: Toby Cosgrove and Michael F. Roizen

Drs. Toby Cosgrove and Michael Roizen review the impact of the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking 50 years ago.

'Bombshell' Smoking Report Hits Milestone

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report linking tobacco use to disease and death. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

14 Foods Your Diet Needs In 2014

Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick shares 14 superfoods to add to your diet in 2014.