Lifestyle Medicine Practice
As a patient of lifestyle medicine, you will have access to a team of experts and a variety of programs and services all designed to guide you through lasting lifestyle transformation that will optimize your health. Your goal might be to prevent, manage or reverse disease or simply to feel healthier and better. Lifestyle medicine is for everyone and is focused on your goal for your health. Learn more about what you can expect below.
What to Expect
Lifestyle medicine offerings vary from brief to long-term commitment, from one-on-one to group based formats, and include in-person and virtual options – with the goal of meeting you where and how you are ready. Lifestyle medicine care is focused and led by you – you are the expert in your own lifestyle. We will empower you through support and expertise of our team to help you achieve your health goals.
Your lifestyle medicine journey may include participating in one of our many group programs or shared medical appointment (SMA) options. SMAs are an effective way to spend more time with your doctor while learning together with similar patients. Most SMAs take place in a series of appointments, held across weeks or months at a specific time with the same group. More information is discussed during SMAs than individual office visits as participants learn from each other’s comments, support and interactions with experts. SMAs are available via virtual format to allow you the convenience to join from any Internet enabled device.
You can learn more about available shared medical appointments here.
- Health behavior assessments, biometrics, goal setting and personalized lifestyle plans
- Intensive therapeutic lifestyle change programs
- Culinary medicine programs: Cooking classes, demos and webinars, meal planning, culinary skill building
- Individual and group appointments with lifestyle medicine doctors, dietitians and experts
- Health & wellness coaching with certified professionals
- Tobacco and nicotine treatment
- Digital therapeutics
Who is Lifestyle Medicine for?
Lifestyle medicine is for everyone. Literally 95% of people in the United States have at least one lifestyle risk that compromises their health in significant ways. In fact, most of us have multiple areas where changes to our daily behaviors could greatly improve our physical and mental health. Lifestyle change is the best medicine to allow the body to heal and avoid disease.
The evidence from scientific research is clear. Healthy lifestyles not only make us feel better, they make our body and mind healthier. In fact, for those ready to make significant changes, lifestyle can be your medicine – whether you are working to prevent, better control, or even reverse disease.
Not ready to make big or fast change? That’s OK! We encourage patients to start where they are ready and go at a pace that is comfortable for them. Our team is here to support you on your health journey.
Lifestyle medicine programs have been shown to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic conditions including:
- Prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Mild cognitive impairment
- Some Autoimmune problems
- High cholesterol
- Non-alcoholic, fatty liver disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Coronary artery disease
- Cancer prevention that are lifestyle-associated (e.g. prostate, breast)
- Osteoarthritis/joint health
Frequently Asked Questions
Shared Medical Appointments
Passport for Health
The passport to health program is a series of shared medical appointments designed to help you develop skills to better care for your health through pillars of lifestyle medicine: nourish, move, restore, and connect. In addition to personalized guidance from the lifestyle medicine physician and health coach, you will also benefit from group discussions and peer support during the visit.
Each visit covers a specific pillar of lifestyle medicine, such as nutrition, movement, stress management and others that help prevent chronic disease and achieve optimal health. Delivered in person and/or virtually with hands-on instruction and skills-based learning.
- Skill-building activities such as cooking with a chef, exercise instruction, and guided meditation
- Educational materials, recipes, activity guides, and other helpful resources
- As a patient of the lifestyle medicine practice you will also receive an individualized lifestyle prescription developed with the lifestyle medicine physician to implement in your daily life
Benefits you can expect from passport to health
- Greater awareness of how lifestyle impacts your health
- Enhanced skills to support new health behaviors
- More confidence as you embark on your personal health journey
Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)The complete health improvement program is a lifestyle medicine solution designed to prevent, manage and reverse chronic disease. CHIP is highly research tested to provide improvements in blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, diabetes and joint pain helping participants to experience increased energy, positive mood and overall vitality. CHIP is delivered by our physicians and trained facilitators over 18 sessions in a group setting with dynamic group discussions and peer support. Over the course of the 6-month program, we take a holistic approach to improving all lifestyle habits including optimal nutrition, movement & exercise, stress-relieving strategies and more. Graduates of CHIP will be inviting to continue receiving support through our monthly Club CHIP sessions.
Cooking for HealthThe cooking for health shared medical appointment is a series of visits led by a culinary medicine physician and chef. designed to implement a food as medicine treatment plan, building of culinary skills with ongoing support from a dietitian or health coach. Patients will benefit from the hands-on approach to learning how to better care for their health through food. We offer both a cooking for health series focused entirely on a whole food plant-based cooking and a separate series for those looking to transition their diet more gradually. Additional condition or disease-focused series dive deeper into specific topics and health concerns.
Fasting for Health
The fasting for health shared medical appointment provides comprehensive, provider-led medical fasting with the support of other patients and supervision of a medical team . Fasting promotes weight control, healing and longevity. When undertaken as a group with the supervision of a medical team, safety and success are optimal. Physician-led fasting at a multidisciplinary lifestyle medicine clinic is truly a rare opportunity and cutting-edge medicine. There are many ways to fast, and for this program we chose the most data-driven, safe and reliable method available: the 5-day Prolon extended fast mimic by L-Nutra. Purchased at a discount, the kit has carefully selected portions which give the body a precise amount of nutrients. Patients enter fat-burning metabolism with high functional status., which makes the fast effective while avoiding serious side effects. Fast mimic veterans report extremely high satisfaction, and less discomfort than expected. Furthermore, with the support of other patients and a physician-led team, our fasting shared medical appointments deliver the complete package.