Developments in Lifestyle Medicine
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  • 23 Mar 2015 1:21 PM | Grace Stillar (Administrator)

    In a recent article in the New York Times, MD and Lifestyle Medicine Pioneer Dean Ornish casts light on the myth of high-protein diets and how this myth has (and ultimately will) affect our society's health and well-being. In the article, he discusses the debate of low-fat versus low-carb and how it can't be that simplistic.

    Article excerpt: 

    "MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: “Back to Eggs and Bacon?”

    But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods.

    Although people have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, Americans actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they had in 1950 and 24.5 percent more calories than they had in 1970, according to the Agriculture Department. Not surprisingly, we are fatter and unhealthier."

    View the whole article here

  • 11 Mar 2015 1:14 PM | Grace Stillar (Administrator)
    The American College of Lifestyle Medicine will showcase the field's leading experts, including Drs. Dean Ornish, David Katz, Frank Hu, Shilpa Saxena, and Ellsworth Wareham, along with Blue Zones© Founder, Dan Buettner, at its annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2015, set for November 1-4 in Nashville.

    This year’s CME accredited event will showcase leading experts in the field, emphasizing the use of lifestyle as a therapeutic intervention for prevention and, more importantly, the treatment and even reversal of chronic, degenerative disease.

    "I’m honored to be joined by a line-up of keynote speakers who represent extraordinary professional accomplishment, and remarkable diversity- along with a shared devotion to lifestyle medicine,” said ACLM President David Katz, MD. “Our field is exceptional in providing common ground to almost anyone involved in efforts to add years to life, and life to years.”

    To read the press release in its entirety, click here

  • 14 Jan 2015 12:15 PM | Grace Stillar (Administrator)

    American College of Lifestyle Medicine President David Katz, MD, MPH ranks in the top 25 of this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness and intends to use this influence to rein in chronic disease through the GLiMMER Project and True Health Coalition.

    David Katz, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, was recognized for the third year in a row amongst the top 25 in this year’s 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.

    It’s evident that this is a man on a mission. “My hope is to leverage every increment of influence I have, and to rally colleagues, to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do. We could add years to lives, and life to years by doing so, and I am totally devoted to advancing that mission.”

    In his role as ACLM president, Dr. Katz speaks often of the pressing need to turn what we know about lifestyle in medicine and lifestyle as medicine into routine action, resulting in our ability to slash global rates of all major chronic diseases by as much as 80 percent.

    To read the press release in its entirety, click here

  • 04 Aug 2014 1:48 PM | Grace Stillar (Administrator)
  • 22 Apr 2014 2:24 PM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)
    ACLM President, David Katz was featured on MPR News on April 21st, 2014 with the talk entitled, "Feet, Forks and the Fate of our Families: Fighting Childhood Obesity". In this speech given at the Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. Katz says the power of lifestyle is so strong, it can refashion our fate.

    To listen to the audio of the interview, click here.
  • 16 Apr 2014 1:18 PM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)
    Join a movement of certified CHIP facilitators who have transformed the lives of more than 65,000 Americans over the past 25 years through disease prevention and reversal.

    Attend Lifestyle Medicine Institute's workshop on October 22nd & 23rd, immediately following Lifestyle Medicine 2014, and become a certified CHIP facilitator in order to bring CHIP to your community, workplace, or medical facility.

    5 CME/CE credits available for an additional $50 charge

    For more information, please click here.

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  • 09 Apr 2014 4:13 PM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)

    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!

    To read the news release in its entirety, click here.

  • 08 Apr 2014 11:00 AM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)
    The agenda for this year's two-day conference focuses on how to counsel and support your patients to improve their overall lifestyles through stress management, nutrition, and exercise. The course will also cover how to code and bill for lifestyle medicine. 

    The ILM is also offering an exclusive discount to ACLM community members. When you register, use the code: THC-ACLM50 for a $50 discount!

    For the complete agenda and registration information please click here.

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  • 02 Apr 2014 2:28 PM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)
    Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition will take place on September 26, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

    This is a golden opportunity for you to find out the latest information on plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and on designing an optimum plant-based diet. This is a professional conference, offering continuing education credits for many medical professionals, but others with strong interests in health and diet issues are welcome to attend.

    To learn more, visit their site.
  • 25 Mar 2014 2:00 PM | Lisa Gregory (Administrator)
    Past President, Liana Lianov will be speaking at the upcoming Doctors 2.0 conference this June 5 - 6, 2014 in Paris, France. 

    Dr. Lianov wants to especially extend her special 20% discount to all ACLM community members to watch her and many other industry luminaries speak at the conference! 

    To receive Dr. Lianov's discount, visit their website to register and enter Lianov14 as your discount code. 

    To learn more about upcoming Doctors 2.0 conference, to view the schedule and other speakers, visit www.doctors20.com for more information. 
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