While medical care is essential, its influence on our health status is estimated to be just 15-20 percent. The factors over which we have the most control—like diet, physical activity, and managing stress—are larger contributors to our health than many people realize.
The Institute designs, launches, and evaluates programs aimed at giving people, including vulnerable populations, maximum influence over their health. We also pursue initiatives that expand the awareness and adoption of integrative health approaches.
Our Mission Thrive programs enable youth and adults to gain fundamental knowledge and skills for healthy living.
Involving cooking, nutrition, mindfulness, and physical fitness, these hands-on experiences help youth build stronger bodies, stay focused in school, and cope more effectively with stress.
The Green Road Project is creating an outdoor healing environment adjacent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the care of our nation’s military service members as they recover from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.
A study measuring the Green Road's impact has the potential to shape how green space is used to enhance community health and well-being.