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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, psychosocial stress, and insomnia. 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 lifestyle modification on the prevention of diabetes, a web-based program to assist with healthy eating and weight loss, and a web-based lifestyle program to relieve insomnia.

Patients interested in participating in a clinical trial studying the effect of lifestyle modification on insomnia, may call 216.448.8339.

Researchers interested in partnering with the Center for Lifestyle Medicine dietary, exercise, yoga and behavioral health instructors, or using the Wellness Institute facilities as part of a collaboration on research project, please contact:
Adam Bernstein, MD 

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Timeline

  • July 2005: Designated all Cleveland Clinic campuses smoke-free
  • January 2007: Offered free smoking cessation services to all Cuyahoga County residents for six months
  • February 2007: Banned trans-fats from all public and patient menus
  • May 2007: Began converting vending machines to replace unhealthy food items with healthy snack choices
  • September 2007: Stopped hiring smokers
  • November 2007: Created the country's first Chief Wellness Officer position, with the appointment of Michael F. Roizen, MD
  • January 2008: Established the Wellness Institute
  • May 2008: Began free yoga classes for employees
  • July 2008: Launched weekly farmers market for employees and community
  • August 2008: Implemented free Weight Watchers services for EHP member employees
  • October 2008: Welcomed first class of Lifestyle 180 participants, a lifestyle modification program for patients with chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease
  • November 2008: Initiated free memberships to Curves and Cleveland Clinic-owned fitness centers for EHP member employees
  • January 2009: Rolled out GO Foods healthy labeling in all Cleveland Clinic cafeterias
  • August 2010: Banned sugared beverages from all cafeterias and vending machines

*Cleveland Clinic has approximately 37,000 employees, and more than 27,000 are Employee Health Plan (EHP) members.

2014 News Archives

June 2014»

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.

  • Today.com, 4/17/14
      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.

      2013 News Archives

      December 2013»

      Misleading News on Multivitamins: How Media Missed the Value of Supplements

      Dr. Michael Roizen discusses how the news has been misleading on multivitamin reports.

      Watch out for these sneaky sugar sources

      Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick shares foods that can be hidden sources of sugar.

      9 ways your body is trying to tell you that your diet stinks

      Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick shares nine poor diet warning signs.

      10 medical breakthroughs that sound like science fiction

      Dr. Michael Roizen discusses this year’s top ten medical breakthroughs.

      Doctors respond to new CVD prevention guidelines

      Dr. Michael Roizen responds to new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines.

      November 2013»

      4 Thanksgiving treats you shouldn’t feel guilty about

      Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick shares four Thanksgiving treats you should not feel guilty about eating.

      10 medical breakthroughs that sound like science fiction

      Cleveland Clinic selects ten medical innovations that are already making an impact. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

      Healthcare providers applaud FDA move to ban trans fats

      Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick explains how trans fats are harmful and shares her prediction of how some foods will change.

      Early Puberty Tops List of Surprising Obesity Effects

      Study suggests obesity may be cause of early puberty in girls. Dr. Raul Seballos comments.

      Ask Well: CoQ10-Drug Interactions?

      Dr. Roxanne Sukol explains the effects of CoQ10 supplements.

      October 2013»

      Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care

      Former president William H. Taft led the way in the creation of a modern approach to obesity care. Dr. Mladen Golubic comments.

      Program helps cardiac patient ‘CLIP’ unhealthy lifestyle

      Patient shares how Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Lifestyle Intervention Program helped to save his life. Dr. Mladen Golubic comments.

      Keep your muscles as you age

      Dr. Mike Roizen shares tips to keep your muscles strong as you age.

      Health problems fixed by food

      Dr. Tanya Edwards discusses how what you eat impacts how you feel.

      September 2013»

      5 ways a healthy diet is making you tired

      Dr. Mladen Golubic explains how eating the correct vegetables can help your muscles.

      Here are ways to make your HDL numbers better

      Dr. Michael Roizen shares steps to increase your HDL level.

      The free booklet, "What You Should Know about Mental Health in Youth with Epilepsy," now available: The Frugal Patient

      Experts share eight surprising effects of obesity. Dr. Raul Seballos comments.

      August 2013»

      Can you be fit and fat?

      Study examines how obesity leads to inflammation of the body. Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      A healthy excuse to eat dark chocolate

      Research links eating dark chocolate to improved memory and heart health. Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      5 ways your healthy diet is making you tired

      Experts share five ways your diet can make you tired. Dr. Mladen Golubic comments.

      25 worst diet tips ever

      Experts discuss popular diet tips you should ignore. Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      July 2013»

      Where calories are hiding

      Many restaurants are reducing calorie counts on favorite dishes as a result of a proposed federal law requiring the counts be printed on menus. Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      Kombucha tea touted as panacea, but some health experts disagree

      Experts share their thoughts on the health benefits of kombucha tea. Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      Hospitals strive to keep people healthy

      Cleveland Clinic’s Executive Health Program is featured as a pioneer of its kind. Dr. Richard Lang comments.

      Americans are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, study shows

      According to a new study Americans are living longer than they did two decades ago, but they are not healthier. Dr. Michael Roizen comments.

      June 2013»

      3 Food-Pairings To Keep You Healthy

      Registered dietitian, Amy Jamieson-Petonic shares three healthy food-pairings.

      Want to Feel, Look Better? Improve Your Posture

      Dr. Mladen Golubic explains the benefits of maintaining good posture.

      The new science of weight loss: Introducing the anti-inflammatory diet

      Registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick explains the science of the anti-inflammatory diet.

      7 Surprising effects of obesity

      Experts share surprising effects of obesity. Dr. Raul Seballos comments.

      Nutrition facts challenge some fast-food eaters

      Study finds fast-food eaters tend to underestimate how many calories they are consuming. Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick comments.

      May 2013»

      Yoga, meditation benefit both brain and body

      Cleveland Clinic participated in a twitter chat discussing the benefits of yoga and meditation. Yoga therapist Judi Bar commented.

      Yoga eases menstrual problems

      Study finds yoga could help balance hormone levels in women with menstrual difficulties. Yoga therapist Judi Bar comments.

      New Cleveland Clinic program takes a different approach to weight management

      Discussion on new weight management program.

      Cleveland Clinic program on brain chemistry reveals connection to cravings

      New program focuses on brain chemistry to identify what fuels a person’s craving for sweet foods. Dr. Tanya Edwards comments.

      'Hot yoga' is gaining popularity and injuries are increasing too

      Hot yoga continues to gain popularity, yoga therapist Judi Bar comments.

      The Omega Balance: Getting Smart about Inflammation

      Dr. Michael Roizen explains the causes of inflammation.

      Burning Question: Why Sit Straight Up?

      Dr. Mladen Golubic explains the importance of body posture while sitting.

      April 2013»

      5 foods to avoid at the salad bar

      Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses five foods you should avoid at the salad bar.

      Foods to avoid when dining out

      Registered dietitian, Kristin Kirkpatrick discusses what foods to avoid when eating at a restaurant.

      March 2013»

      Getting Healthy

      Company executives make efforts to increase wellness. Dr. Richard Lang comments.

      Progress 2013: Health is increasingly about more than just the physical

      Healthcare has pushed beyond the boundaries of traditional Western medicine to include alternative approaches. Dr. Tanya Edwards comments.

      January 2013»

      New Chiropractor Joins Integrative Medicine

      The Center for Integrative Medicine welcomes chiropractor Andrew S. Bang, DC, who began seeing patients at our Lyndhurst campus in January 2013. Dr. Bang has advanced training in muscle work and extremity manipulation and offers nutritional therapy.

      For appointments with Dr. Bang in the Center for Integrative Medicine, call 216.986.HEAL (4325).

      Other Archives

      2009 Archive»

      Rx for Good Health

      TIME Magazine's annual health issue takes a close look at the prevention philosophy at work – and it focuses on wellness initiatives at Cleveland Clinic.

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