What to Expect

As a new patient of the Spectrum Health Lifestyle Medicine practice, you will begin by connecting with a health coach. Your coach will ask questions to understand more about your health concerns, current lifestyle, and goals. This helps us to know you and support you from the start.

From there you will meet with a lifestyle medicine doctor. Your time with the doctor will focus on your current lifestyle behaviors and your health concerns or risks. Together you will develop a personalized plan for working toward your goals. Often this includes involvement in some of our lifestyle medicine programs, such as health coaching, meetings with a registered dietitian, cooking classes, meal plans, lifestyle groups, digital health tools and apps or ongoing consults with your lifestyle medicine doctor.

On average, most people engage in our programs for three to six months or longer. This is so we can help you make small steps towards reaching your goal and create change that will last a lifetime. We encourage you to invite a loved one to join you. People are more likely to be successful in change when they include others and even more likely to be successful when their loved ones make changes too.

Lifestyle medicine complements traditional care, it doesn’t replace it.  Visits to our practice will not replace any medical care you’re already receiving.  We’ll work with your existing care team. Your lifestyle medicine visits will be documented in your electronic health record and your other health care providers will have access to your information. 

 

Services We Offer

  • Health behavior assessments, biometrics, lab draws, goal setting and personalized lifestyle plans
  • Appointments with lifestyle medicine doctors
  • Appointments with registered dietitians
  • Health coaching
  • Cooking classes
  • Meal planning
  • Mindfulness programs
  • Tobacco and nicotine treatment
  • Weight management
  • Digital tools, devices and health apps

Who is Lifestyle Medicine for?

Lifestyle medicine is for everyone. We all practice lifestyle behaviors all day long. Some people have mostly healthy lifestyles while others would benefit from making lifestyle changes.

Lifestyle medicine can help those who are healthy stay healthy or even prevent disease. For example, someone with heart disease or diabetes in their family would benefit from lifestyle medicine and may help them avoid the disease. Similarly, people who already have disease would benefit from lifestyle medicine. Healthier behaviors could help them keep their disease well controlled, keep it from reoccurring or reverse it all together.

Lifestyle medicine programs have been shown to prevent, treat, and even reverse disease and select autoimmune conditions including:

  • Obesity
  • Prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Autoimmune issues
  • Depression
  • 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

Benefits

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancer could be prevented, primarily with improvements to diet and lifestyle. Through lifestyle modification your body can begin to protect and heal itself.

While we can’t guarantee any specific benefit, many people find that lifestyle medicine programs help them make changes that result in the following benefits:

  • Feel better and more confident
  • Have more energy
  • Better sleep
  • Better relationships
  • Reduced pain and symptoms
  • Fewer colds and illnesses
  • Lower and more managed stress
  • Reduced need for prescribed medication
  • Weight loss and weight management
  • Improved biometrics including cholesterol, high blood pressure, and blood glucose
  • Feel pride and help others around them make changes too