ACLM Offers Free Lifestyle Medicine training to NYC Hospitals

Together with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, NYC’s Mayor Eric Adams, Announces $44 Million Offer of Free Lifestyle Medicine Foundational Training to Every NYC Health Care Practitioner

Dr. Liana Lianov

New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams in partnership with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine has made a massive commitment to provide every New York City health care practitioner with free access Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials Bundle which offers to 5.5 hours of free CME/CE.

The $44 million commitment made by ACLM offers free lifestyle medicine and food as medicine training for up to 200,000 NYC doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and other health care professionals and will enable them to integrate evidence-based lifestyle medicine content into their clinical practice to treat chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more.
The initial group of 20 participating hospitals and hospital systems serve millions of New Yorkers. This lifestyle medicine training rollout is the largest in the world.

Providers not in NYC may also enjoy free 5.5 Hours of lifestyle medicine education. At the recent White House Conference on Hunger and Nutrition, ACLM made a nationwide commitment to provide FREE lifestyle medicine and food as medicine continuing medical education coursework to 100,000 physicians and other clinicians serving in medically under-resourced areas.

Visit this link to learn more and request your registration code to claim your FREE access.

As he made changes to his own lifestyle habits, Dr. Turner started talking to a nutritionist colleague at the Mayo Clinic who mentioned ACLM, the nation’s medical professional society representing clinicians dedicated to a lifestyle medicine. ACLM defines lifestyle medicine as the evidence-based use of a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, physical activity, restorative sleep, social connection, avoidance of risky substances and stress management. ACLM, which represents more than 7,000 physicians and other clinicians, is the only organization that educates, equips, and supports certification of physicians and other clinicians in lifestyle medicine.

Dr. Turner began talking to patients about their lifestyle habits and explaining the evidence that supported how changes could improve their whole health. During clinical rounds, he visited patients with lifestyle-health related books that could benefit their specific health ailment. Resident doctors accompanying him on rounds would say afterward “I’ve never seen anyone do that before. Can you show me the books you’re using?”

For patients who committed to lifestyle behavior changes, the results were at times astonishing. Patients suffering from severe hypertension enjoyed dramatic decreases in blood pressure and, subsequently significantly reduced the antihypertension medication they required. Patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes or advanced atherosclerotic vascular disease stabilized their kidney function and did not progress to the point of needing dialysis. Patients with a history of kidney stones were able to prevent stone growth and new stone formation.

At times, Dr. Turner took good-natured ribbing from colleagues — “Here comes Turner with his veggies.” But as health care spending soared, the pandemic raised awareness of the risks of chronic lifestyle-related disease and the evidence grew proving the therapeutic power of lifestyle medicine, interest in the field exploded. ACLM, which had 500 members in 2014, has grown to more than 9,000 practicing in the field. Large health systems are increasingly integrating a therapeutic dose of lifestyle medicine into patient care, employee health and their broader communities.

“Interest in lifestyle medicine is growing not just among clinicians and health systems but among patients who are increasingly understanding that they can make a big difference in their health with small lifestyle changes,” said ACLM President Dr. Cate Collings, MD, MS, FACC, DipABLM. “Dr. Turner’s generous gift to ACLM will help more clinicians gain the knowledge and skills to practice lifestyle medicine and partner with their patients take control of their heath.”

The time is now for lifestyle medicine to become the foundation of health and health care, Dr. Turner said. He hopes his gift to ACLM can help build that foundation.

“ACLM has really become my intellectual home,” Dr. Turner said. “I truly believe lifestyle medicine is the most positive thing happening in the medical space. I am excited to do my part to keep that positive momentum going.”

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