Dr. David Katz has begun his two-year term as president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). The election of Dr. Katz, an internationally recognized advocate and thought leader of lifestyle medicine, coupled with the appointment of Susan Benigas, a seasoned marketing strategist and communications expert as ACLM's new executive director, positions ACLM to promote healthy living habits to a wider audience and move lifestyle medicine solidly into the mainstream of health care and society.
Commenting on his election as ACLM's new president, Dr. Katz said, “This is a wonderful opportunity. The very name of this organization places an emphasis on the key issue for medicine in our time. There is a lot of focus right now on health care reform, but that is merely reforming a disease care system. If we really want to value health, we must develop strategies to shift to lifestyle medicine. Our biggest challenge is affecting culture change, not just in medicine, but to lifestyle as medicine.”
In addition to Dr. Katz assuming the President's role, the ACLM Leadership Team has been strengthened with the appointment of Susan Benigas as Executive Director. Benigas brings to her new role with ACLM over 25 years of experience in project and organizational management, as well as marketing and communications expertise. The ACLM Board selected Benigas because of her impressive credentials and track record, coupled with her passion for the field of lifestyle medicine.
One of the strategic initiatives that Katz and Benigas will focus on in the months ahead is moving forward ACLM's leadership efforts to develop a comprehensive lifestyle medicine curriculum. This curriculum will cover guidance for implementing the lifestyle medicine competencies and in-depth reviews of nutrition, physical activity, sleep, emotional well being, and management of substance use.
Join both Dr. Katz and Susan Benigas this fall in San Diego at ACLM’s annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2014 in San Diego, CA!
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