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Dr. Katz Responds to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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My first reaction to the COVID pandemic, actually just months but seemingly lifetimes ago, was not about social determinants of health. It was not about total harm minimization, vertical interdiction, or the context of other casualty counts. Rather, it was about the pandemic we already had, hiding in plain sight- the pandemic of chronic, degenerative, cardiometabolic diseases fueled overwhelmingly by another pandemic entirely of our own devising, a pandemic of lifestyle at odds with vitality, and in particular, of poor quality diets and junk impersonating food.

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM is a Preventive Medicine specialist and globally recognized authority on lifestyle medicine. He is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019); Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder and CEO of Diet ID, Inc.  Katz is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine; the American College of Physicians; the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and Morse College, Yale University.  He earned his BA at Dartmouth College; his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health; and completed sequential residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health, earning Board certification in both disciplines.  He practiced clinical medicine for 25 years, first in primary care internal medicine, subsequently in a model of evidence-based, integrative medicine team care he developed. The recipient of numerous awards for teaching, writing, and contributions to public health, Katz was a 2019 nominee for a James Beard Foundation Award in health journalism, and has received three honorary doctorates.  He holds multiple US patents; has over 200 peer-reviewed publications; has published many hundreds of on-line and newspaper columns; and has authored/co-authored 17 books to date including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both nutrition and preventive medicine.  Recognized by colleagues as the “poet laureate of health promotion,” Katz has given keynote addresses in all 50 United States and in countries on 6 continents.  He has appeared on most major media outlets and reaches a social media following of nearly one million.

His 18th book- How to Eat– co-authored with food writer and New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman, is available now.

He and his wife, Catherine, founder of Cuisinicity.com, live in Connecticut, USA.  They have 5 children.

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