ACLM Debuts New Website, New Membership Categories and Benefits, and Counts Down to Lifestyle Medicine 2015
We’re thrilled to unveil the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s new website—packed with information, tools and resources for ACLM members and those they serve.
Leading up to our October 15 website launch, the Board of Directors revised ACLM’s bylaws, paving the way for the addition of two new membership categories. Less than 24 hours post site launch, we were honored to welcome our first Healthcare Executive Member Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital in Ft. Myers, Fl. “It is an honor to be the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s first healthcare executive member,” said Kashman. “Healthcare systems play a significant role in shaping the health of a community and we could be even better nationwide. Working collaboratively with members and partners of ACLM will help our respective communities focus on promoting health through awareness, intervention and measuring outcomes. We can do this by showing the impact lifestyle medicine has on improving chronic diseases locally, sharing and spreading best practices. In turn, we will help to re-energize our nation."
While the American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the professional society for physicians, medical practitioners and those in professions who support the field; even more so, it’s a movement—a convening of individuals with a shared passion about the need to transform health and true “health” care. ACLM members are united in their commitment to use lifestyle as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, treat, and, often, reverse the lifestyle-related diseases that are plaguing not only the United States but many other nations around the globe.
Two weeks from today, hundreds of these passion-driven ACLM members and other healthcare practitioners from across the U.S. and from other parts of the world will be assembling in Music City USA, Nashville, TN for the CME accredited Lifestyle Medicine 2015. An impressive line-up of many of the leading experts in Lifestyle Medicine will be on hand, including our own ACLM President David Katz, MD, Drs. Dean Ornish, Frank Hu and Blue Zones™ Founder and CEO Dan Buettner, to name a few.
Special thanks to Headline Sponsors Healthways and KIND, joined by over two dozen other sponsor organizations that will showcase their products and services in the Sponsor Pavilion.
The Medical Fitness Workshop, accredited for six hours of CME and limited to only 30 registrants, will serve as the Sunday, November 1 lead-in to the official evening kick-off of this year’s conference.
In addition to the packed schedule of impressive plenary and breakout sessions, ACLM’s Professionals in Training will host the annual 5K run on Monday, November 2. On Monday evening, we'll welcome PlantPure Nation Producer Nelson Campbell for a book signing and special screening of his new documentary.
The Annual Membership Meeting of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine is set for Tuesday, November 3. President Katz will share his ‘State of the College’ address during the meeting and will acknowledge our out-going and in-coming ACLM Board members, as well as the Executive Board and scholarship recipients of our Professionals in Training.
The annual banquet on Tuesday evening will round out the day, featuring Centenarian Ellsworth Wareham, MD. A heart surgeon who retired at the 'young' age of 74, Dr. Wareham continued until age 95 to assist other cardiothoracic surgeons in the Los Angeles area, many of whom had been his students. He credits his strong faith and a plant-based dietary lifestyle as major contributors of his good health throughout the years. Dr. Wareham will be interviewed on stage by Dr. Hans Diehl, a member of ACLM’s Board of Advisors.
Presentations of the inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Lifetime Achievement and Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Awards, co-sponsored by ACLM and the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation, will be presented during the banquet, with ACLM’s Fellows also receiving special recognition.
The inaugural Healthcare Transformation Summit, co-presented by ACLM and Healthways will take place on Wednesday afternoon, November 3 immediately on the heels of the closing of the Lifestyle Medicine 2015 conclusion.
These are exciting times for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine movement both here and abroad. We join with our Lifestyle Medicine sister organizations from around the world in a united pledge to usher in sustainability—of human health, of healthcare systems and of our world. Together, we can!