Healthy Happy Hour

chris dadamo stands behind a podium and gives presentation

Learn How Food and Lifestyle Can Optimize Your Genetic Potential

The Institute for Integrative Health held our annual Healthy Happy Hour on July 25th, 2018 from 6-8 pm.

Participants enjoyed complimentary food and wine followed by a wellness talk by Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D., the director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. D’Adamo discussed how food and lifestyle choices work together to optimize your body’s genetic potential.

Participants had the chance to learn more about our upcoming classes and events while enjoying complimentary wine and food pairings.


6 PM-7 PM: Mingling and Happy Hour 

Guests spent the first hour of the event enjoying wine, beer, and appetizers. Participants also had a chance to learn more about the Institute and preview our upcoming classes and events.

7 PM-8 PM: Presentation by Chris D’Adamo, PH.D.

We welcomed Dr. Chris D’Adamo to the Wellness Stage to discuss how to optimize your genetic potential with food and lifestyle changes. Guests:

  • Learned how your genes help inform the different diet and lifestyle practices that are best for you.
  • Understood the two concepts of nutritional genetics – nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics.
  • Recognized how epigenetics means you have a genetic predisposition to disease… not a genetic fate!

About Chris D’Adamo, PhD

Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with research interests in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices and genetics on human health, as well as outcomes evaluations of multi-modality, whole-practice integrative health interventions and programs.
He received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an assistant professor with dual appointments in the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family & Community Medicine as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health.

Dr. D’Adamo serves as the director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and holds an adjunct faculty position in the multi-campus Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland. He also serves as senior program advisor to the Institute for Integrative Health

Dr. D’Adamo has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of studies, including a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national collaborative of integrative medicine clinics, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, the efficacy of dietary supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, therapeutic music for improvement in cancer outcomes, and outcomes evaluations of nutrition, physical activity, and mindfulness meditation programs in urban communities.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. D’Adamo held positions in the federal government as a research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in industry as a health care management consultant.

In addition to his current academic work, Dr. D’Adamo is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a certified sports nutrition consultant through the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA). He has received advanced training in mind-body medicine and ayurvedic medicine from the Institute for Integrative Health.

Dr. D’Adamo regularly lectures and conducts workshops on the topic of healthy lifestyles to both public and health care professional audiences, and manages a small exercise and nutritional consulting practice incorporating the latest research findings into program development and support for his clients.