Medical Matters Weekly Features Expert in the Connection Between Environment and Wellbeing
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Medical Matters Weekly Features Expert in the Connection Between Environment and Wellbeing

BENNINGTON, VT—July 12, 2022—Esther Sternberg, MD, is an expert in neuroimmunology and how our physical surroundings affect our health. She will be a guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Viewers will learn about how they can improve their wellbeing through changes to their environment.

The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on and The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on

Dr. Esther Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in the science of the mind-body interaction in illness and healing and the role of place in wellbeing. She is a pioneer and major force in collaborative initiatives on mind-body-stress-wellness and environment interrelationships.

She currently holds the Inaugural Andrew Weil Chair for Research in Integrative Medicine and is Research Director for the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona (UA) at Tucson. She is the founding director of the UA Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance, and holds joint appointments at UA as professor of Medicine and Psychology.

Prior to joining UA, Dr. Sternberg served for 26 years in leadership roles with the National Institutes of Health. In addition, she has lectured and keynoted at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Nobel Forum at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; and the Royal Society of Medicine in London. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and the Vatican, where she had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. She moderated a panel with the Dalai Lama in 2005 and has briefed high level U.S. federal officials, including the Office of the Surgeon General, leadership of the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the United States Congress.

Dr. Sternberg is the author of two popular books including: Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions. Both address the need for more understanding surrounding stress, place, healing, and wellness.

Medical Matters Weekly features the innovative personalities who drive positive change within health care and related professions. The show addresses all aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for all, including food and nutrition, housing, diversity and inclusion, groundbreaking medical care, exercise, mental health, the environment, research, and government. The show is broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube, and all podcast platforms.

After the program, the video is available on area public access television stations CAT-TV (Comcast channel 1075) and GNAT-TV's (Comcast channel 1074), as well as on public access stations throughout the United States.
About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, healthcare system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. In addition, SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index in 2020 and is a five-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. The health system is fortunate to have the support of platinum-level corporate sponsor Mack, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts based in Arlington, VT.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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