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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

A holistic team to support you
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Your lifestyle medicine care team may vary depending on your needs, but in addition to the support of a physician you will have access to chefs, nurses, registered dietitians, health coaches, personal trainers and more all focused on helping and empowering you to achieve optimal health through lifestyle change.

In-depth programs and coaching
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Your lifestyle medicine journey may include selecting longer term programming that will support you as you make meaningful changes toward a lifestyle transformation step by step. Research shows that successful and lasting behavior change is most likely when it is supported by health coaching and peer support across weeks or months.

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.

Small steps, big changes
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On average, most people engage in our programs for three to six months. This is so we can take small steps towards your goal with changes that last a lifetime. Throughout that time, you will have access to a number of other services including:

  • 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 and wellness coaching with certified professionals
  • Tobacco and nicotine treatment
  • Digital tools, services and health apps

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.

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.

Shared medical appointments

New patient shared medical appointment
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We invite new patients to begin their journey with lifestyle medicine by scheduling a new patient shared medical appointment.

Why schedule a new patient shared medical appointment?

  • Changing in community is core to lifestyle medicine. Social support is key to lasting lifestyle change. New patients immediately have built in support when they start with a shared medical appointment.
  • Shared medical appointments provide a common identity and shared purpose for patients, allowing them to feel supported in community rather than feeling isolated with their health concerns.
  • Shared medical appointments provide a forum for patients to talk about their experiences of living with certain health concerns with other patients who know firsthand what it is like.
  • Shared medical appointments allow for space to brainstorm solutions to common health concerns; patients are inspired by goal setting that takes place during the appointment with their peers.
  • Shared medical appointments allow new patients quicker access to our lifestyle medicine physicians.
  • Patients have one on one discussion with the physician and work with the physician and health coach to develop a personalized lifestyle medicine plan.

What to expect

  • New patient visits are conducted in person in our inspiring teaching kitchen location; patients should plan two and a half hours for the appointment.
  • Fasting LDL, glucose and A1C are tested in a private setting with a finger poke method. Results are discussed as a group with the physician.
  • During the visit you’ll meet with the lifestyle medicine physician and about 5 other patients. Each patient will have time to address their specific health concerns and goals.
  • Each patient will work with the physician and health coach to develop a personalized plan and identify their next step in their own personal lifestyle medicine journey.
Cooking for health
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The cooking for health shared medical appointment is a series of visits led by a culinary medicine physician and chef. Patients will benefit from the hands-on approach to learning how to better care for their health through food.

Fasting for health
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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.

Gut Health Program
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The Gut Health program is designed to optimize your gut health through the food that you eat. Led by a professional chef and registered dietitian, gut health visits include cooking skills and nutrition knowledge to better manage or reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal diseases.

Frequently asked questions

Will my primary care provider be involved?
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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.

What is a health coach?
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The lifestyle medicine health coaches are board certified professionals through the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching. They have received extensive training typically through the Wellcoaches School of Coaching. Our health coaches have a variety of different backgrounds and expertise including nutrition, physical training, tobacco and nicotine treatment and more. Our lifestyle medicine health coaches lead patients through a journey of change empowering them to build confidence, inspire change, reach goals and build lifelong habits. This is accomplished by the health coach partnering with the patient to develop a personal wellness plan that the coach helps them to implement drawing upon evidence-based change strategies. The health coach and patient develop a strong relationship through frequent and ongoing interactions focused on supporting and celebrating the patient’s change journey.

Will my insurance cover lifestyle medicine?
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Regular insurance coverage with copay applies for most lifestyle medicine visits and programs. Cash-based services are also available. Our team will help to answer any coverage questions prior to your appointment.

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