Why Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine | Meagan L. Grega | TEDxLehighRiver

Why Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine | Meagan L. Grega | TEDxLehighRiver

NOTE FROM TED: The diet and health information in this talk is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf

The United States spends more per person on healthcare than any other nation in the world, yet our health outcomes are near the bottom of the list when compared to countries with similar education and economic resources. The chronic disease epidemic that has emerged over the last 50 years, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, can be attributed to the cumulative effect of lifestyle choices we make every day. 

Meagan L. Grega, MD, is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kellyn Foundation (www.kellyn.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice. Kellyn provides school-based healthy lifestyle education and “Garden as a Classroom”
programs; supports access to nutrient-dense produce via the Eat Real Food Mobile Market and Lehigh Valley Corner Store Initiative; engages participants in hands-on, plant-based cooking classes in community settings and offers intensive therapeutic lifestyle change interventions for individuals and families. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and earned her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

Child/Family health in general, and the obesity epidemic in particular, are issues in which Dr. Grega has had a long-standing interest. She believes the benefits of regular exercise, adequate sleep, supportive social connections, healthy food choices and the art of balance are the keys to improving our children’s future, as well as our own. Towards that end, she is committed to
finding practical solutions that can be implemented by families and communities to strengthen each other physically, emotionally and spiritually. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. Muskan Rathoure on December 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    I was never worried about my lifestyle, as may be it was very well from my Childhood, just the studies, schooling, fun, games with my grandparents and some cartoon shows. So, I never felt my lifestyle to be bad in my growing years. But, that was not the only growing age, it was a lot after that, the life outside the home, hostel life, hostel food, fast food, craving for parties, functions and the roadside snacks, during college days, it all was on high, intake of food became 10% of the whole diet of the day. But, it all got realized when the life’s struggle started, job, mental stress, and the responsibilities. I always thank God, that still I didn’t have to struggle a lot, I found this amazing brand of Herbal Supplements soon, and could control all my diet and lifestyle accordingly. And that’s not only about the Brand but its owner, who always help his patients like his family. Thank you Planet Ayurveda and a big thanks to Dr. Vikram Chauhan.

  2. Amy Fretz on December 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Awesome, informative, and encouraging!

  3. Ruben Garcia on December 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    you’re telling me that this doctor was mind blown by the fact that how you eat is the main factor in your health, she had to dig through medical literature to figure that out. Just think about how humans evolved for a second, we didn’t evolve to eat heavily processed food

  4. Peter Hicks on December 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Never before has their been so many women on the stand up and chat circuit making so much money out of other peoples problems ,just look at screen right its a long list !

  5. Lars Gustaf Martin on December 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Scrapped the carbs and reduced my blood pressure in a few days, corrected my blood lipids in 6 weeks and dropped 17 kg in 3 months. Now health is maintained by mainly animal food, with some cabbage, cauliflower, etc as side dishes. Excess energy from above automatically leads to more physical excersice after a while, to try to force weight loss by more excersise is futile, it only leads to more hunger and more consumption of lousy food.

  6. jill potts on December 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm


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  8. Sheila Crowe, D.C. on December 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Excellent talk. You are a Shaman.

  9. Lulu Torres on December 23, 2021 at 3:55 pm


  10. amit gupta on December 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Excellent talk!

  11. T.H. Nguyen on December 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Actually, there are other essential elements that were not included such as emotional support, mental health, and life purpose as we are body, mind, and spirit.

  12. sahar mohsen on December 23, 2021 at 4:02 pm


  13. Gethel Fitness & Health on December 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    in my opinion this video tells us how important it is to have good nutrition in order not to have so many problems in the future and it also tell us that we need to they care our nutrition.

  14. ancy thomas on December 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Exactly….I totally agree with you mam👏👏

  15. Thurpati Nainesh on December 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Good habits payoff in long run never underestimate power of good habits 👍

  16. Quinn Pauly on December 23, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Excellent talk Dr. Grega! I applaud your references to the pertinent literature, and your "boots on the ground" experience and recommendations. Keep up the good fight!

  17. Jimmy Dalkiewicz on December 23, 2021 at 4:11 pm


  18. SleepSmartSmashStress8 on December 23, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Lifestyle is the BEST Medicine

  19. Merrymel Tv on December 23, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    nice one… ! keep it up… ! new friend here.. ! Thank you for sharing.. ! keep safe.. !

  20. Sleep Smart Smash Stress on December 23, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Sadly the epidemic (pandemic) of chronic metabolic conditions is only going to get worse. On surface it might seem that humanity or the public has the choice over what to do with their bodies but masses are sold out to the corporate multinational entities as low paid slaves. They have to sell out a sizable proportion of their time to be able to earn enough to pay the bills therefore only the wealthy top 1% income earners have the time for sleep, exercise, leisure activity , family connections and so on. We are on a flawed economic model or capitalism and live in a morbidogenic environment. The corporate universe profits from first making humans sick then sell the diets or exercise and so on. It is INCURABLE. Climate change is only going to bring more misery and more disease. Future is DARK.

  21. Inmaculada Monserrat Hernandez Mendoza on December 23, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    excellent speech

  22. MJ on December 23, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    If they wouldn’t charge such a greedy, astronomical price for insulin then the diabetic costs would be cut by 75%

  23. Yaha on December 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Excellent talk and absolutely true.

  24. Cornelius Prentjie-maker on December 23, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I like it. Thank you.

  25. Pedro Lahoz on December 23, 2021 at 4:22 pm


  26. Unjong Estrabela on December 23, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    thank you so much!

  27. madhu kolli on December 23, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Very relevant and useful talk. The traditional Indian diet contains fresh vegitables, grains and pulses with little processing and ofcourse very little or no red meat. One may find this trait in covid19 fatalities rate per million of population which is the lowest in the world. Thanks for focussing on physical activity and harmonious relations with community and friends.

  28. divakar bogapurapu on December 23, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    she’s got such bad audience

  29. M C on December 23, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for encouraging my lifestyle, I still need to work on finding an accepting community and self worth though, but I will keep this talk in mind when I face self doubt, thank you

  30. Anthony Garcia on December 23, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent presentation.

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  32. Dr Austin Chiang on December 23, 2021 at 4:35 pm


  33. ina ram on December 23, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Inconceivable..resilience shaman enscound. Solace

  34. Nâyî Nzn on December 23, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Excellent speech

  35. Kerry Pink on December 23, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Funny how people who pray to God for healing think that people who do mindfulness and lifestyle changes are wacky 🤣 it’s the same thing! Find what works for you and stay positive in your thoughts.

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  37. Raandom Player on December 23, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Phew, glad I’m not American!

  38. Sheetal Kataria on December 23, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    12. You can damage your health by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things. So healthy lifestyle and holistic mode of treatments from planet ayurveda can heal your body.