Health and well-being, preventive care, prevention of chronic diseases through lifestyle factors, smoking cessation, cardiology and epidemiology
Medical director for population health, senior research investigator, cardiologist and epidemiologist
Thomas Kottke, MD, promotes overall health through five basic lifestyle interventions: eating smart, including five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, staying active with 2.5 hours of moderate activity a week, being tobacco free, limiting alcohol consumption and healthy thinking through the expression of appreciation and volunteering to help others. Dr. Kottke is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and was a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.
Sources of funding:
National Institutes of Health
In the news:
The skinny on three fast fitness workouts - Star Tribune - January 2014
A new prescription: Eat your veggies - Star Tribune - May 2014
It has been observed in multiple populations that four lifestyles: Five servings of fruits and vegetables, 10,000 steps per day, not smoking and alcohol in moderation add 10 to 14 years of healthy life expectancy. A fifth lifestyle — noting three good things that happened to you at the end of every day — increases happiness and reduces feelings of depression
Did you know?
Thomas Kottke is a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the prevention and management of chronic diseases and is a member of the faculty of the WHO’s non-communicable disease prevention course. He is also an avid cyclist and recently biked in more than a dozen countries. He bikes to work every day that it’s possible and routinely logs 200 miles a week.