Theresa Stone, MD, FACP, Candidate At-Large
My journey to Lifestyle Medicine began early during my Internal Medicine career as a National Health Service Corps Scholar assigned in Philadelphia, PA. While serving communities with limited access to medical care and economic resources, I became acutely aware of the strong health impact of lifestyle and environmental factors. I learned the importance of empowering patients with skills to promote well-being and sought to integrate evidence-based lifestyle interventions (nutritious cooking plant predominant meals, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and community – building.) in my clinical practice.
After fulfilling my service obligation in the NHSC , I joined Washington Internal Medicine Group P.C. ,a small District of Columbia based private practice where I thoroughly enjoyed working for many years until 2006 when I joined Medstar Health. Invited by Medstar Health Leadership, I joined a taskforce to bring wellness initiatives to our large 10 hospital system in 2014, I attended ACLM Annual Lifestyle Medicine Conference to learn how other hospital systems were implementing Lifestyle Medicine Programs. I became enlightened and found my tribe. As a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine I have had the pleasure of serving on the Annual Conference Corporate Sponsor Committee, Lifestyle Medicine in Health Systems Working Group, and participate in several LM annual conferences and special meetings such as LM Summit on Happiness and Wellbeing in Healthcare. Valuable training obtained from these LM meetings, Certification in Culinary Chef Coaching, Mind Body Medicine Education at Harvard Univ. and Georgetown Univ involvement in Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, and Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives CME provided the opportunity to work with colleagues on multiple wellness initiatives for the health system. These initiatives include; Georgetown School of Medicine Mind Body Medicine Elective Facilitator, “Mindfulness Mondays “ relaxation technique introduction for several Georgetown University Hospital Nursing Units , Physician Wellbeing Taskforce, “Wellness Wagon” designed to promote healthy lifestyle interventions and build connectedness for Medstar Health Associates in several of multi-specialty outpatient ambulatory outpatient centers. I look forward to sharing my experience with many of the dynamic energetic compassionate members of ACLM who are interested in designing work place wellness initiatives at their institutions.
I am the cofounder and Medical Director of Fresh & Savory Culinary and Lifestyle Shared Medical Appointment Program a Medstar Institute of Innovation initiative. This pop-up Teaching Kitchen is designed to catalyze transformative health behaviors in patients, employees, and students via culinary and lifestyle skill building. Since starting the program in 2017, our team has published our work in JACM, presented posters at Teaching Kitchen Collaborative Research Day, Medstar Health Research Institute Research Symposium, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, participated in panels presentations , led breakout sessions at Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine CME Conference, and joined ACLM leadership to discuss the nuts and bolts of Lifestyle Medicine practices with Health Care Senior Policy Advisors in D.C. Sharing our work with health professionals, educators, administrators, and policy advisors dedicated to promoting Lifestyle Medicine has been incredible. The passion, creativity, and brilliance of the ACLM membership is contagious. With exponential growth, increased awareness , and recent expansion Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine programs across the country, this is a wonderful time for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. It would be a great honor to serve and support the wonderful momentum of this dynamic organization.