Samueli Institute Team of Experts to Offer Workshops at MCEC

Press Contact:Doug

Alexandria, VA - June  10, 2014

Samueli Institute, an international leader in health and wellness research, will lead a series of workshops at the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. on July 29 and 30. The well-being workshops will help parents, teachers and adult allies of military children better serve military families across the country. The sessions will focus on key topics in wellness, including exercise to reduce stress, eating healthy on a budget, mindfulness in movement, and strategies to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.
Today, Samueli Institute announced the speakers confirmed to participate in the Samueli Institute well-being workshops at the MCEC National Training Seminar, including national leaders in military and civilian health care and experts in nutrition, exercise and well-being. Participating in the workshops are:

·        Laura Dotson, MS-MPH, Samueli Institute
·        Lt. Col. Christine Edwards, MS, RD, U.S. Army
·        Jeffery Geller, MD, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
·        Joyce Goldstein, Independent Chef/Consultant
·        Danielle Hollar, PhD, Healthy Networks Design & Research
·        Michelle Lombardo, DC, The OrganWise Guys, Inc.
·        Clare Parks, MA, HealthCorps, Inc.
·        Audrey Schoomaker, RN, BSN, E-RYT, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
·        Lt. General (retired) Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD, former U.S. Army Surgeon General
·        Katherine Smith, MPH, Samueli Institute
·        Briana Webster, BSPH, HealthCorps University, HealthCorps, Inc.

While Samueli Institute has led leadership and well-being training seminars for military audiences in the past, including trainings for health professionals at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, this will be the first time that Samueli Institute has teamed with MCEC to provide training at the National Training Seminar.
“By collaborating with the military, we’ve helped shape training and treatments to improve performance, deal with pain, and cope with the trauma and stress of war,” said Samueli Institute President and CEO Wayne B. Jonas, MD. “We are honored to bring these same tools to the educators and adult allies who aid children of military families in times of stress, and support them in long term health.”
“We are proud to partner with the Samueli Institute to strengthen our military children and ensure they thrive in any environment.” Dr. Mary M. Keller, President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC).
The 2014 National Training Seminar will take place July 29 and 30 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. To register for the program, or to sponsor an educator, parent or student to attend, visit MCEC at