Friends and Colleagues,

We live in a time where obesity and eating related chronic conditions have become the leading causes of disability and disease for patients and families, costing the U.S. healthcare system more than $170 billion a year. Studies show that indiscretions in an individual’s diet actually poses the single biggest risk factor for death. Given that sobering data, it is no wonder that the UNLV School of Medicine, along with nearly 60 other medical schools nationwide, is embracing a program designed to help medical students become better versed in the practical relationships between food and health. In today’s newsletter, you will get a better sense of our Health meets Food curriculum that teaches students how to help patients avoid and alleviate disease with one of the most potent interventions we have -- food consumption.