Our monthly e-newsletter often features Practice Spotlights which offer valuable insights into successful Lifestyle Medicine practices. Readers may find valuable "how to" information by reading these stories. Advisor and Leadership spotlights are biographies about the individuals who have been pioneers in Lifestyle Medicine.
2008 - 2010 articles are listed on this page.
For 2011 Articles, please take this link
October 2008:Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
Rancho Family Medical Group
Full Article article excerpt: Wes develops and conducts HMO and PPO based disease state management programs designed for optimal health improvement in high medical risk patients. The medical group serves 4,000 patients per month, with over 300 patients taking advantage of various LM clinics and seminars each month.
An Interview with Joel Fuhrman, MD
article excerpt: Dr. Fuhrman teaches patients that, contrary to popular belief, we don’t have to live our lives in pain or on medication. Disease can be reversed, high blood pressure reduced, unwanted weight lost, cholesterol levels lowered, heart disease and cancer prevented, and health improved -- all without relying on drugs and fad diets.
Carrie Zvonar, DC, MS
article excerpt: In order to motivate behavior change, there has to be a relationship where patients value your input and where they feel that you have their best interests at heart. They want to be encouraged, and often need to be reminded of their successes, no matter how small, and they need to take ownership of their health.”
John Kelly, MD, MPH
article excerpt: Expert application of evidence-based lifestyle interventions using proven group health education programs and techniques is his specialty, treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and high cholesterol. “In my practice, lifestyle changes truly are the treatment.”
DIGMAS: Interview with Dr. Ed Noffsinger
article excerpt: The general term "group visit" is applied to a variety of models designed for groups of patients, rather than the traditional individual patient-provider appointments. Two primary models: DIGMA and PSMA are the result of Dr. Noffsinger's personal experience and professional expertise and are used extensively nationwide.
George E. Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, CNS and DIGMAS
article excerpt: "Medical Practitioners tend to think that Lifestyle Medicine cannot be done in the office because no one pays for it," says Dr. Guthrie, "but that is not true." Payment is not the real limitation. It is really people's willingness and readiness to change that is the biggest barrier to LM."
Resources from AMA's Healthy Lifesteps Program Full Article
article excerpt: This article highlights two programs of particular interest and service to practitioners of Lifestyle Medicine and the patients they serve. The AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ Program, and the EPoCH Program offer tools, connections, and conversation to assist physicians and patients in the pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes.
ACLM Advisor Spotlight: Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD
article excerpt: "Compelling data from nutritional studies, population surveys, and interventional studies supports the effectiveness of a plant-based diet and aggressive lipid-lowering to arrest, prevent, and selectively reverse heart disease...The single biggest step toward adopting this strategy would be to have United States dietary guidelines support a plant-based diet.
Marissa Fernandez-Kiemele, MD Full Article article excerpt: The integrative staff, along with Dr. Fernandez Kiemele includes a Behavioral Health Counselor, Registered Dietitian, Fitness Trainer, Spiritual Director and Lifestyle Coordinator. "It's not uncommon," explains Dr. Fernandez Kiemele, "for people to first and foremost need to see the Spiritual Director more than the doctor.
Advisor Spotlight: Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Full Article article excerpt: "A large part of the population, probably the majority, are eating less well and becoming increasingly overweight and unhealthy; the chasm is getting wider. The challenge: to create an environment and culture where active living and healthy eating are the norm."
Matthew Lederman, MD and Alona Pulde, MD, L.Ac. Full Article article excerpt: Exsalus speaks to offering people the opportunity to excel at reaching their complete health: mind, body and spirit. They offer comprehensive health care:nutrition education, therapeutic lifestyle modifications including diet, fitness, as well as emotional and mental well-being, in a warm, tranquil and healing environment.
Neil Hirschenbein, MD, PhD, CCN, CNS and MaryAnn Hirschenbein, RN, CCN Full Article article excerpt:Patients come for a wide variety of reasons but the majority are pre-selected because 1) they believe in lifestyle medicine, and 2) are extremely educated. They are ready and willing to have us 'partner with them' for their health rather than the traditional model of expecting the doctor to 'do it' for them.
Advisor Spotlight: Dean Ornish, MD Full Article article excerpt: "If we want to make affordable health care available to the 47 million Americans who do not have health insurance, then we need to address the fundamental causes of health and illness, and provide incentives for healthy ways of living rather than reimbursing only drugs and surgery."
Leadership Spotlight: ACLM President, Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH Full Article article excerpt: Dr. Dysinger knew during residency training that he wanted to do something 'big picture;"... "I wanted to be effective in the 'process' of medicine, such as the ways that medicine is perceived and taught and administered, so I created my own track of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. I didn't call it 'Lifestyle Medicine' at the time, but that is what I was searching for and creating all along."
January 2010:Irene Willingham, MD, RDFull Article
article excerpt: "Our Team includes physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, yoga and Pilates teachers, certified fitness trainers and wellness coaches. Our services are available to both members and non-members and may be combined to suit individual needs."
Thomas L. Lenz, PharmD, MA, PAPHSFull Article
article excerpt: "Ideally the pharmacist is there to help care for the disease. I tell my students that the people they will be talking with can benefit, in one way or another, from lifestyle changes. As each provider, including the pharmacist, talks to the patient about lifestyle, the more likely the patient will implement the healthy behavior."
Judy Hochstadt, MD
article excerpt: ... founded Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP) ...To address the growing need to reverse unhealthy eating and exercise habits in children, Hochstadt began taking HELP outside of her suburban practice to schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, even local YMCAs.
"We teach parents there are many ways to reward a child," she said.
Advisor Spotlight: Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM Full Article
article excerpt: "All primary care physicians and other health practitioners should view exercise as important as other established risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profile, or elevated glucose. Exercising affects conditions such as overall health; morbidity from CVD, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, senility; and functional status."
Teresa Sherard, MDFull Article
article excerpt: To promote dietary changes in people with weight problems, Sherard and her fellow coworkers, Stuart Seale, M.D., and Diana Fleming, Ph.D./LDN, recently coauthored a book, “The Full Plate Diet.” The three authors spend a large part of their time promoting the book around the country.
July 2010:Roger Greenlaw, MD, FACP, FACG, ABHM
article excerpt: “Initially, I found one person a week who was interested in making lifestyle changes to address their medical problems ...by the end of the year, more than half my patients every day were responding to the idea of self care. I realized the increase was not due to more interested patients, rather it was due to my development of better listening and coaching skills.”
Edward Phillips, MD
article excerpt: Dr. Phillip’s interest in exercise physiology and mental health propelled him to found the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) at Harvard in 2007. ILM’s mission is to reduce the prevalence of lifestyle-related disease and mortality in society through physician-directed interventions with patients.
Mladen Golubic, MD, PhD
article excerpt: Cleveland Clinic's Lifestyle 180 consists of a year-long program of 18 classes...composed of the three primary elements of Lifestyle Medicine: exercise or physical activity, nutrition and cooking, and stress management...participants have achieved consistently good results.
Liana Lianov, MD, MPH
article excerpt: “Lifestyle Medicine should increase throughout all of healthcare, including primary care and specialists. But the typical physician will not be able to provide all services and there will be a need for those providers who can do more intensive or specialized work in lifestyle medicine.”
Timothy Arnott, MD, ABFM
article excerpt: Dr. Arnott describes his private practice in Paradise, California as a standard primary care practice with a focus to inform and motivate patients to make “needed lifestyle changes that will reduce their dependence on the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry.”