WYNTK Finale

We filmed the tenth and final installment of Hazelden Publishing’s What You Need to Know (WYNTK) Series today. Our set was at the beautiful Westminster Presbyterian Church in Downtown Minneapolis.

Many thanks to Wes Thomsen, Sylvia Jaurez, Brad Hadsall, Chris Dougherty and Jennilee Park for conceiving and producing the series. I’m looking forward to our next adventure! ✸


Postscript [08/03/2021]. “Where are you in the program overviews?” Please see Alcohol starting at 1:17 and Nicotine & Vaping starting at 2:20. And, there is much more in the full products.

Zoom Fatigue

I recently appeared on WCCO Television (Twin Cities) to discuss “Zoom fatigue,” a phenomenon that has emerged as we spend hour upon hour interacting via virtual means. The science is still very early, however, Jeremy Bailenson, Ph.D., at Stanford University has offered compelling theories concerning possible causes and suggested some countermeasures.

WCCO Television | 03/10/2021

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her continuing partnership on translating evidence into action. ✸

Telehealth Addiction Care

There is currently considerable interest in telehealth addiction care. Allina Health began offering it in February 2019 to address geographic voids in greater Minnesota. We were thus well-positioned for virtual care when the Covid-19 pandemic occurred about a year later.

Jeff Wagner interviewed me on WCCO Television on September 12th about our work at Allina. Please see here and here for previous media appearances.

WCCO Television

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸

Happy Hour

Well, about 48 minutes.

Janet Lewis Muth, Director of Health Promotion at Carleton College, and I were guests today on MPR News with Angela Davis. We discussed happiness. Please see my earlier posts (and here, here and here) for more context.

Many thanks to Tim Burke, External Communications Advisor at Allina Health, for his partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸

Acceptance Is the Answer

Linda Picone, the editor of Minnesota Medicine, tapped me for its “Joy of Medicine” feature. The extended interview appears in the September–October issue.

Minnesota Medicine

I’ll let Linda’s work speak for itself—it’s an absolute gem—but offer the following references for those who might want to go deeper:

Telehealth Addiction Care

Leah Beno interviewed me on KMSP Television yesterday morning about telehealth addiction care. Please see here and here for the context.

KMSP Television

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸

Telehealth Addiction Care

Mike Max interviewed me on WCCO Radio this morning about telehealth addiction care. Allina Health’s work that began at New Ulm Medical Center was the context

WCCO Radio

Here are some of my source documents

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸

New Drinking Limits

I appeared on WCCO Television this morning to discuss some new alcohol drinking limits. The context was a Lancet study that will likely be incorporated into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated Dietary Guidelines

WCCO Television

Consistent with the Lancet study and traditional binge drinking definitions, my current advice regarding consumption is:

  • Men: Up to 7 drinks per week; no more than 4 drinks per occasion/sitting
  • Women: Up to 7 drinks per week; no more than 3 drinks per occasion/sitting

Key caveat: These recommendations are for people without a history of addiction. Those with a history of addiction should abstain from alcohol.

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸

Happy Camper

I appeared on KMSP Television yesterday morning to discuss happiness. Please see my earlier post for the context. I was again representing Allina Health

KMSP Television

Many thanks to Sarah Jackson with Media Minefield for her partnership on this timely and important subject! ✸