Food as Medicine: Optimizing Your Health and Well-Being - Rancho La Puerta
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Food as Medicine: Optimizing Your Health and Well-Being

Week of June 29, 2024

Learn about the latest evidence for how Food as Medicine and other pillars of Lifestyle Medicine (physical activity, stress reduction, avoiding risky substances, social connection, and restorative sleep) can lead to better health, and leave each interactive workshop with specific, personalized goals.

Food Myths – What Should I Be Eating?
Am I getting enough protein? Should I limit carbs? What about fat?  Do I need to eat organic? Is coffee good or bad for me?  What about red wine? Which supplements should I take? Do I need to fast intermittently? Learn about the latest evidence for confusing nutrition topics.  Leave with personalized goals to help you make healthier food choices

Gut Health: Everything You Need to Know About the Microbiome
Review the latest evidence about optimizing your microbiome through dietary choices and other pillars of Lifestyle Medicine. You will leave this session with a personalized plan to improve your overall health by increasing the diversity of your microbiome

Optimize Your Sleep
What are the best ways to improve your sleep?  What is the role of nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, and medication? We will review evidence-based strategies to  getting a good night’s sleep. Leave with specific goals to help you sleep better

Brain Health: Improve Your Mood and Reduce Your Risk for Dementia
Learn about how what you eat affects your brain including a discussion of  the psychobiome and how nutrition and the other Lifestyle medicine pillars (including physical activity, stress reduction, sleep) can help with depression, anxiety, ADHD and dementia.


Sarah-Anne Schumann, MD, MPH, is a physician who is board certified in both Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She previously served on the medical school faculty at the University of Chicago and University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and is currently the Chief Medical Officer for a managed care organization in Oklahoma.  She completed her certificate in plant-based nutrition at eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.