About INC

What is Integrative Nutritional Counseling (INC)?

INC is designed to give you diet guidelines and information about your heart health and diabetes in a way that make sense to you.  INC integrates Chinese medicinal foods principles and Western biomedical nutrition principles so you can manage your health. All INC guides use an integrative, holistic approach to nutritional counseling.

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How were the guides developed?

All materials were developed with a team of Western biomedical doctors, nurses, nutritionists, diabetes and heart specialists, and Chinese medicine experts. Downloadable versions of our heart and diabetes nutritional guides can be found on the Home page.

I want to learn more! How can I get in touch with the researchers?

To get in touch with our researchers, you can fill out our online contact form or send an email to Professor Evelyn Ho eyho@usfca.edu.

Who created the INC projects?

Researchers and clinicians from the University of San Francisco and the University of California San Francisco are responsible for the research and development of the INC guides. In addition, we have partnered with the following people and organizations:

  • Evelyn Y. Ho, PhD, Department of Communication Studies, University of San Francisco
  • Maria T. Chao, DrPH, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF
  • Hilary Seligman, MD MAS, UCSF, Center for Vulnerable Populations, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • Jane Jih, MD, MPH, MAS, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • Genevieve Leung, PhD, Department of Rhetoric and Language, University of San Francisco
  • Don Ng, MD, UCSF
  • Sunny Pak, MD, Chinatown Public Health Center
  • Cewin Chao, RD, UCSF
  • Joseph Acquah, LAc, UCSF
  • Sonya Pritzker, PhD, LAc, University of Alabama
  • Elaine Hsieh, PhD, RD, University of Saint Joseph
  • Catherine Chesla, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, UCSF
  • Frederick Hecht, MD, UCSF

Research Assistants:

  • Heidi Quan
  • Eric Weldon
  • Chelsea Lalancette
  • Henrietta Tran
  • Isabelle Ting
  • Yuqi Chen
  • Donald Chan
  • Chao Ruan
  • Han-Lin Chi
  • Siyuan Ross Huang
  • Jasmine Bautista
  • Ryan Qiu
  • Ashley Liu
  • Melissa Chen
  • Mitchell Maruyama
  • Shannon Hau Ying Ku
  • Wanyi Chen
  • Lil Leung
  • Stephanie Wong
  • Yvonne Chow
  • Abby Wang
  • Shuwen Xu
  • Annalise Stromsta
  • Choi Kwun Yu
  • Ashley Lin
  • Ema Matsumura
  • Antony Nguyen
  • Xiaoyu Jennifer Zhang
  • Elise Ng

What is the INC logo?

Thanks for asking, it’s a bitter melon slice! We chose a bitter melon as our logo because it is really healthy from both a western nutrition standpoint and a Chinese medicinal foods standpoint. Chinese people have known about bitter melon for many years. It is just becoming popular as a healthy food in the U.S. It seemed like the perfect food to represent our Integrative Nutritional Counseling program.

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