LifestyleFacts.org – Coming Spring of 2015
Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Truly helping those we serve in the most effective way possible. This is what it is all about, right? We want to help people have the health and vitality to fully engage with, and enjoy, life. Lifestyle Medicine does more than other fields of health care to accomplish this, treating the cause of disease and not just the symptoms. But our health care system is built for ever-increasing pills and procedures to treat symptoms, not causes. This is very frustrating for those of us seeking to practice what health care should be.
We are working on building the most functional tools into LifestyleFacts.org. Personal accounts that allow people to track what they have watched will allow reporting back to providers who have prescribed Lifestyle Medicine Education or obtaining credit for employer wellness programs. Curriculum sets will allow people to watch a series of short videos to gain a specified knowledge base on a given topic. Community functions will allow people to more fully engage effectively with lifestyle change instead of it just being them against the world. And we look for input and suggestions from the Lifestyle Medicine community for what we should do that will be most useful. So please, send us suggestions! This site and project is about your practice.
We want to express a large amount of appreciation to Dexter Shurney, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Cummins, Inc, and to Cummins for their support and engagement on this project. We look forward to seeing how this content plays a role in Cummins redesign of health care to a “treat the cause” basis. We also want to acknowledge and thank our core expert panel:
Michael Greger, MD and NutritionFacts.org (including sharing their video content with LifestyleFacts.org)
Virginia Gurley, MD, MPH – expert in sleep medicine and all things circadian
Jerry Morris, PsyD, MBA, MSPharm – expert in behavioral health and integration of disciplines
Edward Phillips, MD – expert in exercise science
And we are looking forward to engaging with other experts in the broad scope of Lifestyle Medicine as we seek to bring the world’s best science into the lives of those we serve.
The LifestyleFacts.org project and many others acknowledge a great need for a shared database of relevant, current science on the topic, and component topics, of Lifestyle Medicine. Because the pieces of Lifestyle Medicine are scattered in behavioral science, nutrition science, sleep science, etc, Lifestyle Medicine is professionally handicapped. The Foundation is committed to filling this void by the creation of a shared, scientific research database. This system we are setting up will be a structure in which health care professionals, students, residents, and others can contribute to this shared database. The development of the field requires that we have a functional, tangible, shared scientific foundation for everything we do.
Volunteers are a critical component to compiling the research into a usable system and the Foundation continues to recruit volunteers for populating the database. The database will be available for contributions beginning Summer 2015. Love the idea but are too busy to help build the database personally? Your tax-deductible donations will support the staff needed to manage the database and it’s development. Donate today!
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