ACLM Members Leading the Charge for Change!
With 75% or more of our nation’s healthcare dollars devoted to the treatment of conditions directly related to “lifestyle,” is there any question that Lifestyle Medicine must become the foundation of our healthcare system?
You, our ACLM members, are helping to lead the charge. It’s true that ACLM is a professional membership organization, but ACLM members have joined this trailblazing organization because you understand what’s at stake, and you have a burning desire to be part of the solution in ensuring sustainable human health and a sustainable healthcare system. The solution: Lifestyle Medicine driven by a fearless and dedicated army of practitioners devoted to our shared mission.
ACLM exists to serve its members and advance the cause of Lifestyle Medicine. In order to better meet your needs, we’re in the midst of our strategic planning process, with one of the most important Strategic Planning Teams, led by Executive Committee Member Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, focused on analyzing ACLM membership levels and benefits.
To this end, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer this brief six question survey. Your responses will help shape the future of ACLM’s membership benefits, providing us with vital feedback on how we, as the premier Lifestyle Medicine professional society, can best meet your needs as you integrate Lifestyle Medicine into your personal life and into your practice. Please take a few minutes to share your vision with us; click here for the survey.
From a strategic planning perspective, ACLM’s other key areas of focus include:
These are exciting times for ACLM, as we feel the wave of Lifestyle Medicine beginning to surge. An ever-growing number of physicians and clinicians are questioning an allopathic-only approach to medicine. They are waking up to the reality that identifying and eradicating the cause of disease should be primary - preventing, suspending and even reversing disease by addressing the fundamental causes.
Case in point: In his July 21, 2014 MedPage Today guest blog post, Kim Williams, MD, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, explains why he has adopted a plant-based diet and is urging his patients to follow suit. ACLM’s own Dean Ornish, MD commended Dr. William’s courage and leadership in his follow-up July 31, 2014 MedPage Today guest blog post in which he emphasized the efficacy of Lifestyle Medicine.
I was especially struck with Dr. Williams saying, “Wouldn't it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two? We have come a long way in prevention of cardiovascular disease, but we still have a long way to go. Improving our lifestyles with improved diet and exercise will help us get there.”
ACLM members are helping to lead this charge for change.
Having joined ACLM as its executive director just a few short months ago, I’m blessed with the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of individuals who are passionate about Lifestyle Medicine. The dedication of ACLM’s leadership, led by President David Katz, MD, is something for which I am truly grateful. As Lifestyle Medicine becomes the foundation of a transformed healthcare system, we stand on the shoulders of people like John Kelly, MD, who founded ACLM in 2004, with John having recognized other Lifestyle Medicine pioneers in his June ACLM article. Drs. Wayne Dysinger, George Guthrie, Liana Lianov, Dexter Shurney, David Ferriss, Marc Braman and so many others have made significant contributions over the past ten years, laying the groundwork for all - clinicians and patients alike - who will now reap the benefits of a Lifestyle Medicine approach to healthcare.
We hope to see you in San Diego October 19-22 at Lifestyle Medicine 2014. In the meantime, please know that we welcome your questions and appreciate your suggestions.
I look forward to hearing from you! Never hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.