Lifestyle Medicine in Action
A monthly publication of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
December 2011
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Chad Campbell, PA-C

Physician Assistant 
Hope Family Care
Globe, Arizona

Mary George, MD
Internal Medicine 
Sherman Hospital
Elgin, Illinois

Peter Himmel, MD
Health and Age Management Lifestyle Coach (in training)
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Ruth James, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Resident
Franklin Square Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Jennifer Mariotti, DO
Internal Medicine, Lehigh Valley Physician Practice
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Henry Venable, MD, MBA, MLS
Northwest Anesthesiology 
and Pain Services
Houston, Texas


  • Discounts on conferences
  • Discounts on practice management support services
  • Subscription to The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (regular memberships) 
  • ACLM list serve for direct communication with all other members
  • Free Lifestyle Medicine classifieds postings on website and in monthly newsletter
  • Listing on ACLM's website: www.lifestylemedicine.org Identity as part of the new professional field of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Advocacy for you and your interests 
Importantly, ACLM membership empowers the Lifestyle Medicine movement, advancing healthcare that "treats the cause".

WELCOME to the December 2011 issue of  

Lifestyle Medicine in Action!  


Extending our appreciation to you, members and friends of ACLM for your engagement over this past year, an amazing time of collaboration and growth within Lifestyle Medicine.  


This issue spotlights the Whole Foods Market Wellness Clubs, an innovative concept designed to empower and support healthy lifestyle choices, founded by leaders in Lifestyle Medicine, 

Dr. Matthew Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde.


ACLM President Dr. Wayne Dysinger 

describes 2011 as a pivotal year for our organization, 

and envisions a bright future ahead.


We wish you a joyful holiday season that supports 

your well-being and connects you with family and friends!  


President's Desk
Wayne Dysinger

The concepts of Lifestyle Medicine continue to grow and develop exponentially.

2011 has without a doubt been ACLM's strongest year ever.  Our membership has increased dramatically, growing at a 60% annual increase.  Member involvement continues to improve and expand as well.  This month we're kicking off our sixth standing committee - each actively moving Lifestyle Medicine concepts and opportunities forward.  


Our partnerships also continue to see growth.  In 2011 we had an extremely strong Lifestyle Medicine meeting in collaboration with our primary partner, the American College of Preventive Medicine.  We've established the framework for stronger connections to the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American College of Nutrition.  Additionally, we continue to pursue relationships with a variety of other professional organizations.  


Our initiatives were highlighted by the success of our Practice Management Workshop.  I'm also excited about the ongoing opportunities we continue to explore with a variety of organizations including the Medical Group Management Association, the Food Marketing Institute, and many others.  Although we have had lots of sponsorship interests in Lifestyle Medicine, in 2011 for the first time, we've had a company offer us a significant no strings attached gift to help continue to grow our organization. 


All of this has happened primarily through efforts from individual ACLM members.  Although ACLM does have three staff members, what they are actually reimbursed is minimal.  Much of what they do is motivated by their vision and passion, not by their financial compensation.  As we move into election season - both nationally and for our organization - there are opportunities for each of you to join the ACLM movement in more substantial ways.  Nominate yourself for an officer's position, join a committee, suggest other ways you can contribute to establishing Lifestyle Medicine as a foundational tool used by all physicians and available to all patients.  We are working toward this.


2011 provides strong evidence for our success.  2012 shines brightly in front us.  It's wonderful taking this journey together.  




Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH



Practice Spotlight: Whole Foods Wellness Clubs

Alona Pulde, MD

Wanting to empower people to make more informed choices for optimal health and well-being, Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman joined forces with Whole Foods Market to develop the innovative Whole Foods Market Wellness Clubs, designed to educate, inspire and empower those looking

to make positive lifestyle changes.

Matt Lederman, MD


Dr. Pulde describes how the concept began: "The idea originated as the vision for our clinic.  We envisioned a comprehensive approach, educating people in making nutrition and lifestyle changes.  It's fantastic to be a physician and truly make a difference, and to now see it disseminated to a wider audience." 


She and Dr. Lederman, along with nutrition expert Jeff Novick, MS, RD, expanded upon that vision with Whole Foods Market.  Founded upon in-depth medical and nutritional research, the Wellness Clubs are intended to guide wise decision-making and support the transition to a healthier lifestyle.   


Dr. Pulde describes the frustration felt in seeing patients become sicker over time, with little to offer except pills and procedures - treating the symptoms but not impacting the underlying disease. "We've been able to step away from this vicious and futile cycle and discover a practice of medicine that allows us to help people make dramatic changes in their lives" noting that patients have, through lifestyle change, successfully lost weight, lowered cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other measures with marked improvement in diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other diseases.


Former ACLM board member Dr. Matt Lederman points out, "We're really advocating Lifestyle Medicine, with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes that promote optimal health. This is not alternative medicine; it is evidence-based medicine founded on years of scientific research largely ignored by conventional practices.  And, the beauty and strength of this approach is that it empowers individuals to take charge of their own health." He goes on to describe that Wellness Club members learn not only "why" they need to make certain changes but "how" to do so in a way that works well for them, noting, "This approach empowers people to become their own best health advocate."


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CME Opportunity: LM Practice Management Online Course  

American College of Lifestyle Medicine and     Doctor with Patient 

American College of Preventive Medicine present

Lifestyle Medicine 

Practice Management Workshop

Online CME Course 

 More information  


CME Opportunity: Lifestyle Medicine Webinar

The American Medical Association
in collaboration with ACLM Leadership present: 


Lifestyle Medicine
and How It Is Relevant to Your Practice
With Dr. Wayne Dysinger, ACLM President   Dr. Marc Braman, ACLM Executive Director     
December 8, 2011 11:00 am (EST)

CME Opportunity:
Preventive Medicine 2012/Lifestyle Medicine Track

The American College of Lifestyle MedicinePreventive Medicine 2012
is pleased to co-sponsor the Lifestyle Medicine track 


Preventive Medicine 2012

Lifestyle Medicine Track

February 22-25, 2012
Orlando, Florida 


More information



CME Opportunity
The American Journal of Health Promotion 
The American College of Lifestyle MedicineAJHP 2012 Conference
is pleased to co-sponsor 
The Art & Science 
of Health Promotion Conference  





 Core Conference: April 11-13, 2012 

 Intensive Training Seminars: April 14-15, 2012

 San Diego, California


 More Information


CME Opportunity:
Lifestyle Medicine/Preventive Medicine 2011

The American College of Preventive Medicine offers online access to the recorded Lifestyle Medicine sessions and speaker slides from the 2011 annual meeting,


Lifestyle Medicine/Preventive Medicine 2011


This content is accessible through ACPM's e-Portal. To view the presentations, click on the  

2011 conference proceedings link located on the left side.    


More information  


American College of Preventive Medicine

ACPM Headlines:
       ACPM Announces New Strategic Plan
Health Care Innovation Challenge Grants
Perspectives in Prevention: Call for 2012 Topics
Research: Community Development and Health 

        More information  

Lifestyle Medicine Career Listings    

POSTED: October 12, 2011
Health and Wellness Consultant at a new medical practice in Ocala, Florida. Part-time position with opportunities to work or travel in the medical missionary field.
For further information including the full job description, please contact Dr. McEachrane-Gross at eachrane@centurylink.net or 352-857-7524.

About Employment Opportunities Listings: To post an employment opportunity or for rate information, please contact admin@lifestylemedicine.org
ACLM members may post career opportunities or job seeking announcements at no charge.

Research Summaries  

The following presented by MedlinePlus


College Students Smoke When They Party, Drink and Work

Prevention programs should target students when they are most likely to smoke, researchers say.

Middle aged women who eat a lot of refined carbs might offset their risk of type 2 diabetes by drinking a moderate amount of alcohol, a new study suggests.


Choline-rich Diet Tied to Sharper Memory

People who get plenty of choline in their diets may perform better on memory tests, and be less likely to show brain changes associated with dementia, according to new study.


Four Common Meds Send Thousands of Seniors to Hospital: CDC

Blood thinner, aspirin, insulin and oral diabetes drugs account for two-thirds of nearly 100,000 hospitalizations.


Migraines May Raise Depression Risk

People who get painful migraine headaches may be at a higher risk for developing clinical depression, study suggests.


U.S. Teens Don't Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC

Vegetable consumption lowest among Hispanic and black high schoolers, report shows.


Many Kindergarteners Already on Road to Obesity, Study Finds
To prevent health problems, lifestyle programs need to start in early childhood, experts say.


Some Holiday Traditions Have Health Consequences: Expert
Curbing calories and alcohol intake can help prevent season-related heart attacks, strokes.
The following presented by Medpage Today

Steroids in Early RA Increase Body Fat 
Treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis with glucosteroids provides relief of symptoms, but may cause changes in body fat composition, researchers report. 


Patients complaining of fibromyalgia pain less able to communicate which joints are painful using body maps, with text often working better than illustrations, researchers say.


Compliance with American Heart Association guidelines for pre-participation screening for cardiovascular abnormalities in young athletes is poor, a survey of physicians and athletic directors showed. 


Vitamin D deficiency may have damaging vascular effects in children with a high cardiovascular risk, a single-center study showed. 

Niacin 'AIM's-HIGH but Falls Flat
Niacin boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol without benefit for clinical outcomes in otherwise well-treated patients, according to a results of a halted, and perhaps inconclusive, clinical trial.

Primary Care POWERed for Weight Loss
Participants in primary care-based weight loss behavioral intervention programs achieved and sustained clinically significant weight loss at two years, according to results from the POWER trial.

Primary Care Scores Victory in Obesity War
A brief, but intense, primary care-based weight loss intervention that included meal replacements or prescription diet drugs helped about a third of obese adults lose at least 5% of their baseline weight and maintain that loss for two years, researchers reported here.

Exercise, Stents Best for Claudication

Compared with usual care for moderate to severe claudication, walking improved most with supervised exercise, but stenting won more quality-of-life points, researchers from the CLEVER trial found.


Sugared Drinks Tied to CVD Risk Factors
Women who regularly drink sugary beverages may be increasing their cardiovascular risk, researchers found.

All Kids Need Cholesterol Tests, AAP Says
Cholesterol checks should be part of periodic well-child visits for all children, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


The following presented by Web MD


Sweets Ban at School Parties May Cut Calorie Overload

As childhood obesity rises, more schools have banned parents from bringing baked goods and other sugary treats for class parties.  New study shows that kids can eat as many as one-third of all the calories they need in a day at a typical half-hour birthday party.

Nutrition Trends Worth Adopting
Increased intake of vitamin D, plant foods, mindful eating and other nutrition trends that show promising benefits. 

Manage Your Stress for Good Health
"A lot of things related to stress come down to lifestyle and choices that people make," according to leading stress researcher.  By taking time for the basics: a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, regular exercise, and strong social connections, you'll have the resources you need to help tackle whatever life throws your way.


The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

Putting Fish Oil to the Test  
Studies on fish and fish oil (omega-3) supplements regularly make news. Often the results are encouraging-but not always.

Exercise: A Prescription for Successful Aging

Exercise is good for you in so many ways. It can help you lose weight, gain strength and even fight mild depression, among other benefits.


The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
Research keeps accumulating about the health benefits of tai chi. Practiced around the world, tai chi consists of slow, balanced, low-impact movements.

The following presented by NIH Research Matters 

A new study in mice shows how tobacco products could act as gateway drugs, opening the door to use of illicit drugs. Nicotine, the researchers found, makes the brain more susceptible to cocaine addiction.


Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by KevinMD

The study of medicine can be overwhelming.  We've simply discovered too much for one person to master completely.  This is the challenge medical educators are tasked with - what's so important that it must be allotted time in the brief 2 years of dedicated book learning doctors-to-be receive? 


A Complete Guide to Planning a Social Media Presence for Healthcare 

At its heart, digital media is about people, it is about relationships, and it is about communication.  A social media presence is about educating, engaging and growing your audience, improving outcomes, compliance and potentially the bottom line of your practice.


The Therapeutic Value of Touch in Medicine 

We all recognize the therapeutic value of touch. Stanford physician and professor describes the power of touch associated with the physical exam. 



The following presented by Medpage Today  


Medicare Will Pay for Obesity Counseling 

Medicare will pick up the tab for obesity screening and intensive behavioral counseling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced late Tuesday.



The following presented by Medline Plus


The Food-Mood Connection: What you eat can affect your state of mind

The American Academy of Family Physicians highlights nutrients that can help boost mood.


The following presented by WebMD

Slideshow: 24 Foods That Can Save Your Heart
Slides present benefits of foods such as black beans, Swiss chard, and almonds. 

Recognizing Depression: Questions and Answers on Serotonin
Article describes the role of the neurotransmitter serotonin in mental health, including research showing that just a single 40-minute period of exercise can have an immediate effect on mood.

Recognizing Depression: Natural Treatments
Behavioral changes, such as physical activity, diet, and lifestyle -- can be effective natural depression treatments.

The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

GMPs for Dietary Supplements: Do the New Rules Go Far Enough?

Critics have long warned that you don't really know what you're getting when you buy dietary supplements. Do new "GMP" rules from the FDA make a difference?  



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Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Managing Editor: Kathleen Jones, MA
Contributing Writer: Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH
Contributing Editor: Kathy Cater

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