|Welcome New Members|
Taha Ahmad, MD, MPH
Occupational & Internal medicine
Canyon Country, California
Jim Brooks, MD, MA
Brigade Surgeon for 69th ADA BDE
Fort Hood, Texas
William Conyer, MD
Primary care, Baptist Primecare
Connie Maggi, MD, MPH, MS
Medical Director, Advanced Biomedical Consulting
Lori Mallory, MHSA, FACMPE
CEO, Kansas City Internal Medicine
Overland Park, Kansas
Tenisha Mitchell, MD
Resident,Loma Linda University Medical Center
Darren Morton, BED, MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Avondale College of Higher Education.
Cooranbong, NSW Australia
Robert Moumakwa, BSN
Founder of Smart Lifestyle
Michael Newton, PhD
Perth, Western Australia
L Joseph Parker, MD
Director of Emergency Medicine, Medical Park Hospital
Niraj Patel, MD
Resident, Baylor College of Medicine
Alice Smith, MD
Medical Director, Peachtree Christian Hospice
Penny Stern, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM
Director, Preventive Medicine, Dpt. of Population Health,
Great Neck, New York
Ken Stewart, DrPH, MPH
Preventive Care Clinic/ Campus Health Center
Onachukwu Uzodike, MD
Family Physician, Multispecialy Private Practice
Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH
Albany School of Public Health
Rensselaer, New York
Lifestyle Medicine in Action
Overcoming Challenges in Communicating the Role of Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle Medicine has a unique role and definition as outlined by the consensus panel in 2010, and we are making strides in promoting awareness and understanding of this field. Yet we continue to face challenges in communicating what this field offers.
Many professionals and patients confuse Lifestyle Medicine with other terms such as preventive medicine, complementary alternative medicine, integrative medicine, and functional medicine. To advance the field, we need to successfully distinguish the services and the general approach offered by Lifestyle Medicine clinicians. This is crucial as we reach out to potential patients, referring clinicians and sponsoring/funding agencies.
Certainly overlap exists between these fields in that all aim to treat and/or prevent chronic conditions. But the differences are significant, and lifestyle medicine practitioners need to effectively communicate these differences. Egger, in his textbook on Lifestyle Medicine, has a helpful chart comparing conventional medicine and lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine emphasizes lifestyle interventions in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and treatment and highlights the key role of patient motivation to sustain long-term behavioral changes.
A literature review by the American College of Preventive Medicine compares and contrasts Lifestyle Medicine to the other fields:
President's Desk Postscript:
On a separate note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kathleen Jones for her work with ACLM as writer and editor for our newsletter. She has moved on to another position full-time. We are grateful for her contributions and wish her success in her endeavors.
|In Your Own Words
ACLM's membership is distinguished by its diversity, bringing together progressive thinkers from a broadening range of careers, specialties, nations, and educational backgrounds; from medical students to physicians who have been practicing for more than 30 years. Through ACLM's community of proactive professionals, we are reminded that our struggle for a lifestyle-oriented healthcare system is shared by countless others.
In our membership application, we ask potential members to describe their interest and experience in Lifestyle Medicine. Over the years, the answers collected have become a testimony to our members' passion for better healthcare, and reveal the spectrum of backgrounds and experiences that have brought members to ACLM.
We'd like to use your words to answer the question: why have so many people from numerous backgrounds joined ACLM?
Because we're frustrated with the state of our healthcare.
"I practice in Wisconsin, where obesity is an epidemic, and I'm very interested in learning more about Lifestyle medicine. I currently discuss physical activity and healthy diet with the majority of my patients and would be interested in pursuing an even greater degree of knowledge in the area of Lifestyle Medicine. I am frustrated by our nation's food industry and, even more so by childhood obesity. I feel as physicians we can take a more active role in education and developing healthier programs to slow this epidemic."
Heather Schmidt, DO
Because we are innovating a new approach to health care.
"I have been very dissatisfied with my usual practice of medicine. I have been practicing and pursuing teaching my patients about lifestyle medicine over the last 2-3 years, and have been very gratified with the results. Medicine is now rewarding again because I feel like I am actually helping people get well."
Joseph Kretschmar, MD, Gastroenterologist
Continue reading at lifestylemedicine.org
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