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Celebrating Movember, Celebrating Men’s Health:
Movember - Bringing Awareness to Men's Health Issues | Natural Gourmet Institute
Movember is an annual month-long event run by the Movember Foundation where men grow mustaches to help bring awareness to men's health issues. Several male alumni of NGI's Chef's Training Program are helping bridge the gap between food and health in various industries.
Fast facts on the popular Keto Diet:
The keto diet: 5 fast facts - The DO
Food matters The ketogenic diet is an ultra-low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that has been used for decades to treat certain medical conditions. Today, adherents claim that it will help you drop pounds while boosting your energy levels and controlling your blood sugar.
The importance of addressing physician shortage with millennial doctors.
Attract millennials to offset the looming physician shortage
There is a looming physician shortage that will impact virtually everyone-and no clear solution on the horizon. The Association of American Medical Colleges anticipates a shortfall of between 42,000 and 120,000 physicians by the year 2030. Finding a doctor is expected to be difficult for patients across the country.
Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet Debunked in The DO:
5 myths about whole-food plant-based diets debunked - The DO
Food for thought A chronic disease epidemic is currently plaguing the health of Americans. Many of these illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease, can be prevented or alleviated with lifestyle changes. Colin Zhu, DO, is on a mission to make sure his patients are armed with the knowledge to make those changes.
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How locums lets Dr. Zhu take a whole-person approach to his practice
Dr. Collin Zhu shares how locum tenens work provides him with the time, freedom, and autonomy to practice patient care in his own unique style.
What being a traveling physician has done for me:
A holistic approach to medicine, and one locum tenens' path to fulfillment
Dr. Colin Zhu is a family practice osteopath whose mother is a practicing physician in China, so the holistic approach to medicine was instilled in him from an early age.
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Plant-based Myths Debunked:
5 myths of whole-food plant-based diets debunked - Doctors That DO | Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
As chronic illnesses increasingly affect more Americans' health, the link between dietary habits and disease prevention is gaining traction in the U.S. health care arsenal. For Dr. Colin Zhu, DO, an osteopathic family physician who practices lifestyle medicine, the path forward is clear.
Feature article with The DO Magazine on Culinary Medicine in medical schools!
Food as medicine: PCOM students trade white coats for aprons - The DO
Healthy eating 101 As chronic illnesses increasingly affect more Americans' health, the link between dietary habits and disease prevention is taking on a larger role in medical schools and physician practices across the country. A 2017 study of nutrition knowledge in medical students found that more than half of study participants failed a basic nutritional knowledge quiz, highlighting the need for more comprehensive nutrition education.
Feature article with Brit + Co. for Organic Buying Tips!
3 Practical Tips for Eating Organically on a Budget
Whether or not organic food is better for you is a hotly debated subject. Is the extra money we spend actually worth it? The general consensus seems to be, essentially, "Yes, but only sometimes." We spoke to a few experts to see how you can best work organic into your budget without spending a fortune.
Happy to contribute to GoWorld Travel for healthy travel tips!
My new book makes the Top 10 List for 2018!
10 books to inspire you in 2018 - The DO
Hit the books Make space in your day for these 10 reads in 2018 and let your mind expand. Whether you're interested in starting a discussion, challenging the status quo or self-discovery, these picks should hit the spot. For perspective seekers Modern medicine has its limits.
Is locum tenens work right for you? - The DO
Have stethoscope, will travel After finishing medical school and his family medicine residency, Colin Zhu, DO, realized that the logical next step in his career-signing an employment contract or setting up his own practice-was not for him. "My mentors loved what they did, but I saw a lot of them start to get jaded," says Dr. Zhu.
10 Questions: Colin Zhu, DO
For Colin Zhu, DO, the decision to practice locum tenens was an opportunity to help more patients. After graduating from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic School and subsequently training in family practice in New Jersey and Connecticut, the 33-year-old opted to work throughout the country instead of settling down in one spot.
Adding a Culinary Education to the Career Toolkit
Two Grads on the Unexpected Uses of their Culinary Degrees New York City's Natural Gourmet Institute has a policy of openness, and their forward-thinking food values attract a diverse range of students, fostering a community that, as CEO Jonathan Cetnarski puts it, "is very synergistic wi
Day in the Life: Colin Zhu, D.O.
Dr. Colin Zhu has never regarded himself as "traditional" in the sense that he likes to look at things from multiple, diverse perspectives. Trained in Family Practice, he had learned the foundation of patient care. Osteopathy heightened his sense of connection with patients' ailments.
Hospitals' use of contract doctors soars amid physician shortage
r. Colin Zhu thought about starting a family practice. But the 33-year osteopathic physician realized all the management, paperwork, and financial overhead might distract him from what he enjoyed most: seeing patients. So Zhu went freelance. The practice is known in the industry as "locum tenens" (Latin for "to hold a place") - working shorter, contract gigs instead of taking a full-time job.
On March 11, 2013, Dr. Rob organized ano...
On March 11, 2013, Dr. Rob organized another “Fare Share” cooking event with the medical resident doctors from Lenox Hill Hospital at the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) in NYC. The goal was to teach medical residents how to cook a healthy vegetarian meal for themselves, and hopefully pass these skills onto their patients.
Our grad/correspondent Dr. Colin Zhu reporting from WellBeingMD Center for Life
"Alignment" can be defined as an "integration or harmonization of aims." I use the term here more specifically to describe an interconnection of events that could not have happened to me otherwise, if I was not honest, open, aware and - most importantly - authentic with myself.
Chef's Training grad Colin Zhu visits Vipassana Meditation Center on his journey to integrative health
Colin Zhu recently graduated our Chef's Training Program. If you're talking about an integrative approach to health, he's one of those people who walks the walk. Along with his Natural Gourmet credentials, Colin is a Doctor of Osteopathy (now in his residency), a certified health coach, and a competitive runner.
Natural Gourmet partners with doctors from Lenox Hill Hospital to promote wellness through cooking
On October 15, Natural Gourmet Institute had the privilege to host Dr. Robert Graham, his wife Julie Graham (a certified holistic health coach), and 13 residents from New York's Lenox Hill Hospital for a special, hands-on evening of healthy vegetarian cooking. The Grahams and NGI created the event to draw attention to the Meatless Mondays...
Natural Gourmet joins NY Coalition for Healthy School Food for nutrition class at PS 184 in Chinatown
Our Chef's Training grad Colin Zhu was kind enough to report to us on NGI's recent collaboration to teach a nutrition class with NY Coalition for Health School Food at PS 184 in Chinatown . . . On Friday, May 25, the Natural Gourmet Institute had the good fortune to do cooking demonstrations at P.S....