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In This Issue
The Lifestyle Medicine Movement
Lifestyle Medicine 2012
Research Summaries
Welcome New Members

Andrea Avery, MD
Clinical Consultant, Lifestyle Medicine Institute, CHIP Program
Loma Linda, California

Lori Knutson, RN

The Marsh Wellness Center 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lilach Malatskey, MD, MHA
Coordinator, Lifestyle Medicine & Nutrition Course, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Zichron Yaakov, Israel

Amanda McKinney, MD
Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beatrice Community Hospital
Beatrice, Nebraska

Richard Shane, MA, PhD
Director and Therapist,
Sleep Easily
Boulder, Colorado

Event Calendar

Tools for Promoting  Healthy Change   

15 June  

Boston, Massachusets


IANA 2012   

12-13 July  

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition
21 September

Portland, Oregon


Lifestyle Medicine 2012

30 September - 2 October  

Practice Management  

3 October

Denver, Colorado 

Lifestyle Medicine in Action
May 2012 
President's Desk
Liana Lianov, MD, MPH

Learning from Our Health Promotion Colleagues  


Two fellow ACLM board members and I recently attended the Arts and Science of Health Promotion annual conference.  ACLM is officially acknowledged as a partner organization for this meeting. I was prompted to consider lessons from the work of these colleagues. Many of them are worksite wellness program managers, health coaching professionals and health behavior researchers. Although lifestyle medicine practice settings are different, the struggles with facilitating health behavior change are similar.


The kick-off plenary featured David Maxfield, a behavioral researcher who recently authored the book Change Anything and offers a helpful framework on how to think about established behavior theories. He has an eloquent way of explaining the concept of reciprocal determinism - which emphasizes how we shape our environment and how the environment shapes us. The concept reminds us about the importance of helping patients consider their environment. In fact Dr. Garry Egger in his textbook lists how lifestyle medicine differs from conventional medicine by addressing the patient's environment among other factors.

Simply put, Dr. Maxfield's framework says that in order to achieve successful behavior change we must boost personal, social, and structural motivation, as well as personal, social, and structural ability. During motivational interviewing we nudge personal motivation. We also encourage patients to obtain social motivation by seeking support from family and friends. And we help patients with structural motivation by reminding them to make small changes in their environment that can have a large impact on behaviors.
The Lifestyle Medicine Movement

Lifestyle Medicine is not just a more recently defined field of health care knowledge and practice - it is a movement.


The only rational solution for the ills of modern health care is to move from a "consequence" treatment model to a "treat the cause" model. The current "consequence" model is spiraling out of control with ever-multiplying, expensive pills and procedures. Employers are desperate to find fiscal sanity with their health care costs, and consumers are growing increasingly distrustful of a system driven by corporate profit and fraught with skillfully hidden side effects and complications (think "Vioxx", or the news this week of Abbot pleading guilty and paying a $1.6 billion dollar fine for their criminal promotion of Depakote). The vacuum for sensible, quality health care is propelling the Lifestyle Medicine movement forward.


The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the professional association of healthcare providers leading this movement. You - the members - are ACLM, and the leaders of this movement, making steady progress toward mainstream, large scale adoption. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is exciting work and tremendous opportunity to be part of making a positive difference in the world.  


Following are some of the main projects we are working on as an organization. There is plenty of room for you to become involved, help make connections, or otherwise contribute professionally to the movement - look for the"action items" below.



Lifestyle Medicine 2012 - The Annual ACLM Conference 

ACLM returns to holding its own annual clinical conference! Last Fall we held the first-ever Lifestyle Medicine practice management conference, and we continue to work with the American College of Preventive Medicine on Lifestyle Medicine content in association with their annual conference in February of each year. But there is nothing like bringing together the best and brightest in Lifestyle Medicine for teaching providers how to effectively "treat the cause."

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September 30 - October 2, 2012

Practice Management Workshop
October 3, 2012

Inverness Hotel & Conference 
Center in Englewood, CO

Research Summaries

The following presented by WebMD

Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women's Hearts

Berries May Slow Memory Loss

Extra Vitamin C May Help Lower Blood Pressure

High Reps With Low Weights Builds Muscle, Too

Choose Dark Chocolate for Health Benefits

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Kids' Brains


The following presented by Medline Plus  

Women Less Apt Than Men to Get Recommended Daily Exercise

Even Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively

Obese Workers' Health Care Costs Top Those of Smokers

Children Born to Obese Moms May Face Higher Autism Risk

Fast Food Is Saltier in U.S. Than Overseas

Dieters Share Success Strategies

Social Factors May Affect Lifespan More Than Race, Location

Overweight Pregnant Women at Higher Risk for Complications

Everyday Activities Might Lower Alzheimer's Risk

'No Regrets' Outlook May Make for Sunnier Old Age

Do clean teeth protect against heart disease?

Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates

Vitamin D May Affect Lung Transplant Success

Secondhand Smoke Permeates Many Apartment Buildings

Adjusting Your Attitude About Chronic Pain May Help You Sleep

Low-Income Mothers May Overfeed Their Infants

Does soy help cool hot flashes after all?

Leisurely Strolls More Popular, Yet Walk Times Shorter

Having Kids Doesn't Inspire Adults to Eat Healthier

Mothers' Stress Could Cause Iron Deficiency in Newborns


The following presented by Medpage Today (May require log-in)  

Exercise, Group Support Work for Weight Loss

Vitamin D Not Tied to School Performance

Lack of Sleep May Raise Risk of Diabetes

Kids' Waistlines Still Expanding

Fish Oil Flops in Multiple Sclerosis

Tough Home Life for Toddlers Tied to Obesity

Obesity, GI Issues May Take Root in Gut Flora

Smoking Cessation Worth It Despite Dim Outcomes

Weight Training Aids Memory in Older Women

Cardio Notes: Positive Outlook Is Heart-Healthy

Kids Today Really Are Different

Supplements May Increase Cancer Risk

TV Ads Linked to Unhealthy Diets in Young Adults

Evidence Grows for Effects of Fat on Heart

Fish Oil Benefit for Dialysis Grafts Unclear

Second-Hand Smoke Worsens Asthma in Kids

Omega-3s Linked to Lower Amyloid Levels

Vitamin D May Be of Help in Fibromyalgia

Joggers Live Longer, Possibly Happier, Lives

Exercise Helps in Metabolic Syndrome


The following presented by Harvard Medical School   


 What's the beef with red meat?

Putting the placebo effect to work

Supplements: A scorecard

Light from laptops, TVs, electronics, and energy-efficient lightbulbs may harm health



The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts    

How To Eat More Vegetables Without Really Trying


The following presented by American Heart Association

Eating low-fat dairy foods may reduce your risk of stroke


 The following presented by USA Today

Sleep lessens the effect genes have on weight



The following presented by CNN

Benefits of fish oil for heart patients questioned



The following presented by BBC

Shift workers 'risking' Type 2 diabetes and obesity

Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by WebMD

20 Hottest Fitness Crazes

6 Allergy Mistakes Exercisers Make

10 Most Tempting Salty Foods and some alternatives

Top 10 Habits That Can Help You Lose Weight

High Cholesterol Risks: Top 2 Dangers

Reasons to Try Fish Oil

Expert Workout Secrets

Healthy Snacks on the Go

Fiber: How Much Do You Need?

The following presented by KevinMD

How to create a health culture at home for your kids

The following presented by American Medical News

Physicians feeling pressure from patients' financial problems

The following presented by Medline Plus

Here Are Fruits, Veggies That Offer Best Bang for Your Buck

The following presented by Harvard Medical School

Forgetfulness - 7 types of normal memory problems

The happiness-health connection

10 simple steps to help de-stress

The following presented by International Osteoporosis Foundation

Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones



The following presented by American Pain Foundation

The Healing Power of Gardening

The following presented by USDA

Is My Child's Appetite Normal?

The following presented by
Medpage Today (May require log-in)

Exercise, Good Diet Key for Cancer Survivors

The following presented by National Institutes of Health

Documentary: The Weight of the Nation

The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

Are These Claims Kosher?

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Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

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

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