Anne Needham Thorndike, MD
General internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical and research interests are in the prevention and treatment of obesity through lifestyle modification.
- Primary Care
- Department of Medicine
- Heart Center
- Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center
- Clinical Interests
- Metabolic syndrome
- Obesity medicine
- Lifestyle modification
- Smoking cessation
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Medical Education
- MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Board Certifications
- Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
- Accepting New Patients
- Insurances Accepted
- Aetna Health Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
Cigna (PAL #'s)
Fallon Community HealthCare
Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
Humana/Choice Care PPO
Medicare - ACD
Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
OSW - Maine
OSW - New Hampshire
OSW - Rhode Island
Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
Railroad Medicare - ACD
Senior Whole Health
Tufts Health Plan
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
ResearchDr. Thorndike's current research focuses on population-based approaches that utilize behavioral economics strategies to promote healthy food choices in worksite and community environments.
- Thorndike AN, Sonnenberg L, Riis J, Barraclough S, Levy DE. A 2-phase labeling and choice architecture intervention to improve healthy food and beverage choices. American Journal of Public Health. 2012:102:527-533. PMCID: PMC3329221.
- Levy DE, Riis J, Sonnenberg LM, Barraclough SJ, Thorndike AN. Food choices of minority and low-income employees: a cafeteria intervention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012;43:240-248. PMCID: PMC3422505
- Thorndike AN, Riis J, Sonnenberg L, Levy DE. Traffic light-light labels and choice architecture: promoting healthy food choices. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014;46:143-149. PMCID: PMC3911887.
“CHOOSE WELL, EAT WELL,” a simple, inexpensive nutrition program launched at the MGH in 2010, has proven successful in encouraging healthier choices at the hospital’s largest cafeteria, the Eat Street Café.
A year ago while I was rearranging the beverage display at Compare Supermarket in Chelsea, I thought to myself: “How did I get from medical school to the supermarket aisle?” The complete story is long- too long for this article- but my path from internal medicine residency and primary care practice to community-based research reflects an evolution in my thinking about prevention and health.
A simple program involving color-coded food labeling and adjusting the way food items are positioned in display cases was successful in encouraging more healthful food choices in a large hospital cafeteria.
The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria.
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