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Expertise/expert area:

Health and well-being, preventive care, prevention of chronic diseases through lifestyle factors, smoking cessation, cardiology and epidemiology


Job title/credentials:

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.