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Club Encourages Mindful Eating

October 24, 2016

A growing body of research suggests that mindful eating—focusing on one’s meal, rather than distractedly eating—could help with weight issues and help us make healthier food choices. To help give medical students a better understanding of what they’re putting into their bodies—and how to talk to their own patients about it—the PCOM Mind and Body Club recently hosted “Savor,” a silent meal to experience and understand the technique of mindful eating.

PCOM students and staff partook in a silent lunch, designed to encourage them to focus on what they’re eating—the sight, smell, taste and texture. The meal, which included roast turkey patties, riced cauliflower with garlic, and sweet potatoes, was sourced from local farms and prepared by Chef Budd Cohen and PCOM’s Dining Services.

The Club’s president, psychology student David Charny, discussed the importance of mindful eating, and Mr. Cohen discussed the health benefits of eating food that is locally sourced, also called farm-to-table.

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