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In This Issue
Spotlight: Kent W. Peterson, MD, FACPM, FACOEM, MRO
Lifestyle Medicine 2012
Medical Fitness Association 21st Annual Conference
Employment Opportunities
Opinion Articles & Resources
Important ACPM Headlines
Welcome New Members
in alphabetical order:

David Borecky, MD
Family Medicine, Graybill Medical Group
Escondido, CA

Elisabeth Fontaine, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Medical Center
St. Albans, VT

Heather Hopkins, MD
Orthopedics, Bone and Joint Center, Kauai Medical Clinic
Lihue, HI

Charles Huebner, MD
Rheumatology Practice, Harbor Arthritis/Lifestyle Center PC
Petoskey, MI

Jordan Keys, DO, MS
Family Medicine Resident- PGY 3 Southampton Hospital RPSOM
Sayville, NY

Alyson Larson, MD
General Family Medicine, Aurora Health Center
Omro, WI

Jason Reynolds, MD
Baylor College of Medicine: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Kingwood, TX

Bonnie Richards, DO, BSN
Chief Resident, Family Medicine,
Aria Health Philadelphia, PA

Donald Richter, MD
Medical Director, Family Practice, Mountain Laurel Medical Center
Oakland, MD

Melinda Skau, MD
Family Practice, Feather River Tribal Health
Oroville, CA

Katie Smith, Hons. B. Kinesiology
Student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
North York, Ontario

Event Calendar

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  


Medical Fitness Association 21st Annual Conference

Nov 28-Dec1

New Orleans  

(website under construction) 

Call for Proposals:
An Invitation to ACLM Members

The Call for Proposals is now open for the 23nd Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference.
March 18-22, 2013

For more information visit the conference website


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


Lifestyle Medicine Opportunities for Promoting the Field


A few interesting recent developments have occurred that serve as opportunities to promote the field of lifestyle medicine.  


Recently the USPSTF reaffirmed its recommendation that adults in the general population be screened for obesity (B recommendation). Every patient with body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher should be offered or referred to intensive multi-component behavioral interventions. These interventions include setting weight loss goals, improving diet, increasing physical activity, addressing barriers to behavior change, self-monitoring progress, and strategizing how to maintain lifestyle change.     


Medicare now reimburses for obesity counseling and some other payers are also beginning to reimburse counseling of high-risk individuals. Hence, primary care physicians may have greater motivation to offer these time-consuming services. However, others may prefer to refer their patients to resources that have a greater capacity to promote lifestyle change. The community of lifestyle medicine clinicians can seize this opportunity to highlight how we are able to assist these patients.  


excerpt from this article: 

"I believe we can look forward to new opportunities as health care reform evolves in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act. For example, alternate practice models may emerge as accountable care organizations and patient-centered health care approaches are incentivized financially to achieve improved health outcomes. Such groups may increasingly see the potential financial benefit from partnering with clinicians who have expertise in lifestyle medicine."   


 Practice Spotlight 

An Interview with Wellness Pioneer, 

Kent W. Peterson, MD, FACPM, FACOEM, MRO


Please read all of this inspiring article on our website. Here is an excerpt:


What is the impact of your wellness program on executives' health?


Changes during FEI's 4-week program are dramatic. Because of the residential setting and positive health culture, engagement is high. 97% complete health assessments; 98% participate in group fitness classes; 80% complete appointments for personal health coaching sessions. Ratings of every wellness component are above 6 out of 7 and some approach 7.


At the completion of the program participants rate the impact of the program. Here are some results.

  • 92% gained new insights into their health
  • 87% increased their exercise level (and some entered very fit)
  • 84% made dietary changes
  • 70% developed greater control over stress
  • 52% lost weight during the 4 weeks
  • 31% reduced their cholesterol

A few evaluation comments summarize the impact lifestyle medicine can make: "This program is at the heart and soul of the FEI experience." "Excellent. It helped me physically. It also helped me get the most out of the academic classes because I had more energy." "Overall it has changed my life. Thank you so much for including mind, body and soul in executive leadership."


Follow-up surveys indicate a high level of sustained behavior change up to 2.5 years after completing the program. Executives indicated that they believe wellness improves their productivity and work attitudes, as well as work attendance.


What changes would you like to make to your wellness programs and what directions for the future do you envision?


We are now exploring ways to broaden the 4-week residential FEI lifestyle medicine program. One is to provide follow-up health coaching to executives by telephone, video-phone and email. Another is to add an e-wellness support system, including non-commercial health information resources, health tracking software (e.g., nutrition and fitness), ongoing health assessments, incentives and rewards. We hope to show the relationship between the substantial health behavior changes that are made and their impact on work attendance (absenteeism), productivity, medical care costs, and career advancement. We are also weaving mini-wellness segments into customized 1-week education programs and considering offering wellness intensive workshops and to take wellness "on the road" back to federal agencies for larger groups of employees.


It is important to view individual lifestyle medicine "patients" or "clients" as members of larger family, work, and community systems.  Organizational leaders are important role models for those around them. If they are not positive role models, by default they can be negative models who adversely affect the healthy culture of their organizations. This is particularly important in matters of work/life balance.


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September 30 - October 2, 2012

Practice Management Workshop
October 3, 2012

Inverness Hotel & Conference 
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Medical Fitness Association 21st Annual Conference
Nov 28-Dec 1 2012
New Orleans

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Employment Opportunities

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Research Summaries

The following presented by WebMD


Higher-Than-Expected Bleeding Risk in Daily Aspirin Users


Eat Breakfast, Cut Diabetes Risk


Low Vitamin D Linked to Weight Gain in Older Women



The following presented by MedlinePlus

Quitting Smoking No Harder for Women Than Men

Too Much Screen Time May Harm Kids' Fitness

More Vitamin D Might Help Older People Stay Active

Study questions fructose role in hypertension

Healthy Diet, Exercise Extend Life for Women in Their 70s

Fitness May Boost Survival for Women With Breast Cancer

Can You Hear Me Now?

Education May Protect Brain From Exposure to Solvents


Optimism, Laughter May Bring Long Life

Some Genes Seem to Raise Risk of Obesity

To Help With Dyslexia, S p a c e L e t t e r s A p a r t

Soy doesn't boost brainpower in older women

Teens Whose Moms Smoked While Pregnant May Have Worse Asthma


Runners May Live Longer


Ginseng Capsules Seem to Ease Cancer-Related Fatigue


Diabetes Rising Rapidly Among U.S. Kids


Treating Prediabetes Might Prevent Full-Blown Disease


City Kids More Prone to Food Allergies Than Rural Peers


Fruits, Veggies May Help Smokers Quit


Mind and body rest tied to concussion healing


Kids don't eat less when serving themselves


Docs Aren't Coaching Overweight Kids on How to Slim Down

Less folic acid in pregnancy tied to autism

Seniors With Asthma Do Worse If Obese


Low-Fiber Diet May Raise Teens' Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes


Dad's Love Can Be Crucial for Happy Childhood


Long-Term Salty Diets Tied Again to High Blood Pressure


Fish oil no help for heart patients' depression



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

'Breastfeed Only' Goal Missed by Many New Moms

Therapy by Phone Good Against Depression

Teen Drivers Drinking Less, Texting More

In Fibromyalgia, It's Not the Weather

Heart Disease, Cancer Top Killers in U.S.

Slow Walking May Be Sign of Slow Thinking

Sleepy People Make Bad Food Choices

Active Kids Say Quality of Life Is Better

USPSTF Says No to Vitamin D, Calcium for Older Women

ADA: Fish Oil Fails to Reduce Cardiovascular Event Risk

Short Sleep May Signal Stroke Risk

Hospital Noise Fractures Sleep, Slows Healing

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Fish Oil Fails to Stave Off Mental Decline

Vitamin D Plus Calcium May Cut Mortality Risk

Sleep Linked to CRP Levels in Teens


Melatonin Can Help Seniors Get More Sleep


Supplement Helps Teens Kick Pot Habit


Lonely, Alone: Predictors of Poor Health


AMA: Trust but Verify Genetically Modified Foods


Soda Tax Worth Considering, AMA Says


Fast Food Common Choice for City Kids


Science Journal Takes Aim at 'Big Food'


Pot Popular for Pain in Fibromyalgia


Daily Exercise May Cut Breast Cancer Risk


Older Dads Likely to Sire 'Couch Potato' Kids


More Than Basic Health Advice of Little Help


Reactions in Kids with Food Allergy Are Common


Low Carb-High Protein Diets May Put Heart at Risk


Yo-Yo Weight Gain Linked to Low-Fat Diet


Big Breakfast, Plus Dessert Aids Weight Loss


Step-by-Step Diet Counseling Works, Costs Less


Weight Loss Ups Testosterone


Vitamin D Test Accuracy Called into Question


Veggies in Diet May Cut Risk of Pancreatitis


Spanking Kids Leads to Adult Mental Illnesses


Caffeine May Lower Risk of Common Skin Cancer



The following presented by American Medical News

Lifestyle action plan plus mobile monitoring can help patients

Too much endurance running, cycling might weaken the heart



The following presented by Harvard Medical School       


The hidden burden of high blood pressure


Cutting red meat-for a longer life



The following presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Asian American Perspectives on Overweight, Obesity, and the Relationship Between Weight and Health

Independent Association of Waist Circumference With Hypertension and Diabetes in African American Women, South Carolina, 2007-2009

Using Mobile Fruit Vendors to Increase Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables for Schoolchildren

Evaluation of a Weight Management Program for Veterans


Cost-Effectiveness of Health Risk Reduction After Lifestyle Education in the Small Workplace


Addressing the Proximal Causes of Obesity: The Relevance of Alcohol Control Policies



The following presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Percentage of Children with a Healthy Weight


The following presented by the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation

Eating Fish Can Protect Against Alzheimer's

Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts

The following presented by WebMD

Can't Do Yoga? Think Again

Osteoporosis: Keeping Bones Strong   

Does Stretching Help or Hurt?

5 Barriers to Mindful Eating   

What is Food Addiction?

The Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them   

Exercises for Osteoporosis


Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Life


10 Workout Secrets: Expert Exercise Tips


Genes vs. Lifestyle: What Matters Most for Health?


Why Is It So Hard to Exercise?


Environmental Group Gives Annual 'Dirty Dozen,' 'Clean 15' Lists for Pesticides


Vegetarian Diets - How can vegetarians eat a balanced diet?



The following presented by KevinMD

Solving the different behaviors that lead to obesity

What can local groups do to prevent obesity in children and youth?

The truth about reduced risk smokeless tobacco

Banning large sugar sweetened drinks is a start


Don't give up on the family dinner


Using social networks to help patients quit smoking


New York should ban junk food and sodas in hospitals instead



The following presented by Medline Plus


Safer Grilling Methods Might Cut Cancer Risk



The following presented by Harvard Medical School


Exercise for stronger knees and hips


The secret to joint pain relief - exercise



The following presented by National Institutes of Health

Playing Helps Kids Learn and Grow


The following presented by Berkeley Wellness Alerts

A Prehistoric Diet

Krill Oil Makes a Splash


Thirdhand Smoke: The Smoke That Sticks Around


Diet Supplements: What's in the Bottle?


Weight Control: Two Traps to Avoid




ACPM Headlines
Here are some of the stories found in the recent issue of ACPM's newsletter:

ACPM successfully advanced new policy in support of lifestyle medicine and the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at the recent American Medical Association annual House of Delegates (HoD) meeting in Chicago.

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Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Contributing Writers: Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, Kent W. Peterson, MD, FACPM, FACOEM, MRO, Marc Braman, MD, MPH
Contributing Editors: Lindsey Christensen, Kathy Cater

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