Dr. Vivek Murthy says emotional health key to physical health

 Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States.
Courtesy United States Department of Health and Human Services

Some health advice from the outgoing Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy says our emotional well-being is central to our physical health, and if we're not emotionally well, our educational achievement, workplace productivity and civic engagement are all imperiled. Murthy suggests more sleep, exercise, contemplation, and social connections.

In the new Trump administration, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was asked to step down at the end of April, and shortly afterward he spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California about his current priority in public health: reducing chronic stress and improving our emotional well-being.

Now age 39, Vivek Murthy was the youngest Surgeon General in modern history. He served from December 2014 to April 2017. He was a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and taught at the Harvard Medical School.

Commonwealth Club moderator is Mark Zitter.

To listen to the speech, click the audio player above.

Volume Button
Now Listening To Livestream
MPR News logo
On Air
MPR News