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Well Being: GAIN without Pain

A variety of wellness tips is the theme for this hour with hosts Siri Phaneendra and Andrea Smith. Trends without Ends reporter Jack Pawlakos jumpstarts the broadcast with a riveting report on the healing trends for year, especially during Covid-19 including music therapy and timing of light and biology of the human body. In the face of spiraling rates of burnout amongst physicians and other health care professionals, Dr. Greg Hammer created GAIN, a four-step, proven path to personal resilience and happiness. He describes the GAIN method (an acronym for Gratitude, Acceptance, Intention, and Nonjudgment) and offers remedial therapies for burnout in his new book, GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals. Dr. Hammer emphasizes the importance of choosing optimism and positivity during these challenging days. The newest reporter to join the Express Yourself! team is Jay Jackson, a thirteen-year old athlete with his segment titled Jay’s Sports World. He discusses how professional basketball has returned in a bubble. Make sure to wear your masks, keep a 6-foot distance from others, wash your hands often, and shelter-in-place whenever possible. We want you to be safe, strong, and healthy. Be the Star You Are! is celebrating 21 years of outreach service. Together we will survive!

Bio: Greg Hammer, MD

Greg Hammer, MD is a pediatric intensive care physician, pediatric anesthesiologist, and professor at Stanford University Medical Center. A member of the Stanford WellMD initiative and the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr Hammer is currently the Chair of the Physician Wellness Task Force for the California Society of Anesthesiologists. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer on wellness at institutions worldwide and teaches GAIN to medical students, residents and fellows at Stanford.

Dr. Hammer’s clinical focus is in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and pediatric critical care medicine. His research is in developmental pharmacology and immunology, and he has an active laboratory with multiple ongoing studies in these areas. He has published widely on topics related to pharmacology and perioperative care of children undergoing cardiac and thoracic procedures as well as organ transplantation. Dr. Hammer is a health enthusiast and meditator, utilizing a non-duality and mindfulness-based approach, including the GAIN method. Dr. Hammer is the author of GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals.

Bio: Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson is the newest and youngest member of the Express Yourself! Teen Radio Team. He is thirteen and lives in California. Jay enjoys playing sports and spending quality time with friends and family. Basketball has always had a special place in his life. As a student athlete with a 4.0 GPA, his dream is to attend UCLA, join their journalism program, and become a sports journalist. He promises that his segments of Jay’s Sports World will be informative and entertaining. Tune in. Http://

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