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Medical Students Teach Community About Healthy Lifestyles

Medical students learning about lifestyle medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest in Lebanon believe one thing to be true: the way we live our lives can have a big impact on our health. A grant from Samaritan Albany General Hospital helps fund the Lifestyle Medicine track for students at COMP-NW, who are often found out in the community sharing information about how nutrition, cooking and lifestyle choices can improve health.

“We teach our medical students at COMP-NW that community service is an important part of their education and that service should be incorporated into their practice of medicine,” said Assistant Dean for Medical Education Louise Muscato, PhD.

The Lifestyle Medicine students partner with local organizations and programs, including the Coast to the Cascades Community Wellness Network’s Culinary Health Education and Fitness Program (C.H.E.F.), Boys & Girls Club, senior centers, Special Olympics, soup kitchens and fire departments, to teach classes that give participants practical tools and resources to make a positive change. The students’ community classes include topics such as healthy cooking, gardening and exercise.

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In 2017:

  • 17 Lifestyle Medicine students received Community Health Improvement Program training
  • 17 Lifestyle Medicine students helped deliver Community Health Improvement Program training at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
  • 20 Lifestyle Medicine students enrolled in Tulane courses to learn new healthy lifestyle skills to share with the community
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Other Partners Supporting Programs and Services for Healthy Families:

  • Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Lincoln Elementary PTA
  • Meals on Wheels
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sweet Home Emergency Ministries
  • Coastal Range Food Bank
  • Neighbors for Kids