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.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.
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