|Welcome New Members|
|in alphabetical order:|
David Borecky, MD
Family Medicine, Graybill Medical Group
Elisabeth Fontaine, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Medical Center
St. Albans, VT
Heather Hopkins, MD
Orthopedics, Bone and Joint Center, Kauai Medical Clinic
Charles Huebner, MD
Rheumatology Practice, Harbor Arthritis/Lifestyle Center PC
Jordan Keys, DO, MS
Family Medicine Resident- PGY 3 Southampton Hospital RPSOM
Alyson Larson, MD
General Family Medicine, Aurora Health Center
Jason Reynolds, MD
Baylor College of Medicine: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Bonnie Richards, DO, BSN
Chief Resident, Family Medicine,
Aria Health Philadelphia, PA
Donald Richter, MD
Medical Director, Family Practice, Mountain Laurel Medical Center
Melinda Skau, MD
Family Practice, Feather River Tribal Health
Katie Smith, Hons. B. Kinesiology
Student, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
North York, Ontario
|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
|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."
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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|ACLM's Annual Conference
September 30 - October 2, 2012
Practice Management Workshop
October 3, 2012
Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Englewood, CO
|CME, CEU, CEC Opportunity: |
Medical Fitness Association 21st Annual Conference
Nov 28-Dec 1 2012
MFA is offering a special discount to ACLM members: Use this form to register at the ACLM member price.
Seeking: Nurse Practitioner or Physician versed in Integrative/Functional Medicine to join our growing practice.
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