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In This Issue
Feature Article
Lifestyle Medicine 2012
Research Summaries
Welcome New Members

Taha Ahmad, MD, MPH
Occupational & Internal medicine
Kaiser Permanente
Canyon Country, California

Jim Brooks, MD, MA

Brigade Surgeon for 69th ADA BDE
Fort Hood, Texas

William Conyer, MD
Primary care, Baptist Primecare
Paducah, Kentucky

Connie Maggi, MD, MPH, MS
Medical Director, Advanced Biomedical Consulting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lori Mallory, MHSA, FACMPE
CEO, Kansas City Internal Medicine
Overland Park, Kansas

Tenisha Mitchell, MD
Resident,Loma Linda University Medical Center
Colton, California

Darren Morton, BED, MA, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Avondale College of Higher Education.
Cooranbong, NSW Australia

Robert Moumakwa, BSN
Founder of Smart Lifestyle
Gaborone,Botswana, Africa

Michael Newton, PhD
Valetudo Health
Perth, Western Australia

L Joseph Parker, MD
Director of Emergency Medicine, Medical Park Hospital
Hope, Arkansas

Niraj Patel, MD
Resident, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Alice Smith, MD
Medical Director, Peachtree Christian Hospice
Atlanta, Georgia

Director, Preventive Medicine, Dpt. of Population Health,
Great Neck, New York

Ken Stewart, DrPH, MPH
Preventive Care Clinic/ Campus Health Center
Riverside, California

Onachukwu Uzodike, MD
Family Physician, Multispecialy Private Practice
Champaign, Illinois

Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH
Resident, SUNY
Albany School of Public Health
Rensselaer, New York

Lifestyle Medicine in Action
April 2012 
President's Desk

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
Family Medicine


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   


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Event Calendar

22nd Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference  11-13 April  

San Diego, California 


Tools for Promoting  Healthy Change   

15 June  

Boston, Massachusets


33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine

11-14 April  

New Orleans, Louisiana


IANA 2012   

12-13 July  

Albuquerque, New Mexico


CHIP Training Workshops

16-17 April

Athens, Ohio  


Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition
21 September

Portland, Oregon

Research Summaries

The following presented by WebMD


Sleep Less, Eat More?

Cool Hands May Help People Exercise Longer




The following presented by MedlinePlus

Chocolate lovers tend to weigh less

Vitamin E Supplements Don't Affect Heart Failure Risk

Active seniors may outlive sedentary peers

New Clues to Link Fatty Diet & Colon Cancer

Could Trans Fats Make You Cranky?

Exercising less than daily still works for diabetics


Complicated link between diet drinks, health

Study Weighs In on Diets for Kids

Berries, Tea May Cut Men's Odds for Parkinson's

Too little calcium, water linked to kidney stones

Diet, Smoking May Affect MS Progression




The following presented by Medpage Today

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Antioxidants Appear No Help for Alzheimer's

Diabetes Risk: White Rice Joins White Bread

Meeting Heart Guidelines Can Cut Early Deaths

Sperm Quality Linked to Dietary Fat


Obese Kids: Genes and Junk Food Share Blame



The following presented by CDC

Replicating the EnhanceFitness Physical Activity Program in Hawai`i's Multicultural Population

Community Readiness for Adopting a Physical Activity Program for People With Arthritis in West Virginia

Influence of Change in Aerobic Fitness and Weight on Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome

Evaluation of the Healthy Schools Program


U.S. population has good levels of some essential vitamins and nutrients

The following presented by National Institutes of Health

Eating patterns and type 2 diabetes risk in men: breakfast omission, eating frequency, and snacking

The following presented by Medscape

Nutrition Report Reflects Race and Sex Differences

Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by WebMD   

Omega-3s: Fats Your Heart Loves

Is Your Job Wrecking Your Heart?

Make Your Walk a Workout

Antioxidants and Your Immune System: Super Foods for Optimal Health  

Best and Worst Meals for Diabetes

Diabetes Medications and Diet: Synergistic Success

10 Superfoods for Busy People

The Truth About Beer and Your Belly

7 Exercises that Help You Lose Weight



The following presented by KevinMD

Should medical schools be mandated to teach nutrition?

The problem with obesity counseling

Unregulated supplements are a tragedy in waiting


The following presented by American Medical News

States target chronic disease to trim health care costs


The following presented by Medline Plus


Workout to Go: A Sample Exercise Routine    



The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

Alcohol: A Toast to Your Heart?

Salmon-Heart Health in a Can

Arginine for Your Heart

Sugar and Cholesterol: Not Sweet News

Butterbur: A Way to Head Off Migraines?

Big Downsides to Super-Sized Meals

The Lowdown on Calming Drinks

Does Exercise Protect Against Cancer?

Health Benefits of Arnica: Here's the Rub

Hey, Where's My Waist?

Taming Hot Flashes: Non-Drug Options

The following presented by USA Today

More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests

The following presented by The New York Times

Arsenic in Our Chicken?

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Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Contributing Writer: Liana Lianov, MD, MPH
Contributing Editors: Lindsey Christensen, Kathy Cater, Diana Cater 

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