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Lifestyle Medicine - Tools for Promoting Healthy Change

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State-of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors

This immersive two-day course offers state-of-the-art strategies to guide patients to healthier lives. Education includes evidence-based strategies, tools and techniques to effect healthier changes in patients (and ourselves), including nutrition, exercise, sleep, weight loss, and stress management. This course also provides updates on payment structures that reward clinicians based upon patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

Past participants report a renewed passion for practicing medicine and reduced personal stress as they themselves learn to enhance their own health and to serve as role models for their patients.


Our daily work as healthcare professionals increasingly involves caring for patients with diseases that are ultimately caused by or exacerbated by poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, inadequate sleep, and smoking. Yet professional training does not sufficiently prepare us to leverage our position of trust to help patients initiate health-promoting behaviors. At the same time, we are seeing payment structures rapidly evolve to reward clinicians based upon our patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes. These factors have given rise to an overwhelming demand for evidence-based lifestyle medicine practices that have been shown to reduce patient risk for chronic diseases. That is precisely what is offered at Lifestyle Medicine in 2019.

Reasons to Attend

Highlights of the 2018 program include:

  • The strategies that produce the best results for stress resiliency, sleep quality, nutrition, and weight-loss counseling
  • Guidance to prescribe exercise and perform risk assessments
  • Health coaching (it’s not “eat less; exercise more”)
  • Clinician self-care: what it is and why it matters
  • What really gets patients (even reluctant ones) to make healthy changes
  • Leveraging lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, dementia, certain cancers, and sexual health issues
  • When, why, and how to incorporate lifestyle medicine for underserved populations

Skills Advancement and Networking

Recognized experts in the fields of lifestyle medicine, behavior change, health coaching, exercise, stress management, and nutrition provide guidance and innovations for:

  • Incorporating lifestyle medicine into your current practice
  • Improving patient communication and motivational interviewing
  • Building an effective lifestyle medicine team
  • Engaging resistant patients
  • Safely and effectively prescribing exercise or increased physical activity
  • Persuasively approaching nutrition counseling
  • Efficiently navigating the changing insurance landscape

You are actively encouraged to pose questions to and network with faculty as well as with fellow participants—like-minded health professionals who are seeking to promote lifestyle medicine as their practice pattern.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Optional Pre-Course Workshop

11:00am to 2:00pm Clinicians in the Kitchen Click here for complete schedule

5:30pm to 8:30pm Clinicians in the Kitchen

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Optional Pre-Course Workshops

8:00am to 5:05pm Culinary Health Education Fundamentals (CHEF) Coaching—The Basics

8:00am to 5:15pm Mastering the Principles of Motivational Interviewing

Welcome Reception

5:30pm to 7:00pm Welcome Reception and Networking Meet your faculty and colleagues over light refreshments

Friday, May 03, 2019

7:00am to 8:00am Registration/Coffee

8:00am to 8:30am The Fundamental Shift in Lifestyle Medicine: Moving from the Why to the How Edward M. Phillips, MD

8:30am to 9:45am Special Keynote Presentation: The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine Dean Ornish, MD

9:45am to 10:15am Coffee Break

10:15am to 11:00am 2019 Perspectives on Clinician Self-Care: What It Is and Why It Matters Suzanne Koven, MD

11:00am to 11:45am Health and Wellness Coaching in Day-to-Day Practice: Who, What, Why, When, and How Elizabeth Frates, MD

11:45am to 1:00pm Break for lunch*

1:00pm to 2:00pm Special Keynote Presentation: Cutting Through Controversies: An Evidence-Based Guide to Nutrition in 2019 Walter Willett, MD, DrPH

2:00pm to 3:00pm Therapeutic Lifestyle Change in Your Clinical Practice: A Five-Part Toolkit Tom Rifai, MD

3:00pm to 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30pm to 4:30pm Happiness and Its Impact on Patient and Provider Health: What the Data Now Tell Us Liana Lianov, MD, MPH

4:30pm to 5:00pm Stress and Mindfulness Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

5:00pm to 5:30pm How to Teach Your Patients to Breathe in Under 10 Minutes Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

5:30pm to 7:00pm Break for dinner*

7:00pm to 9:00pm Networking Roundtables (optional) Join other participants for informal moderated discussions about selected topics in Lifestyle Medicine, such as coaching, starting your Lifestyle Medicine practice, and social media. Specific topics will be announced on site. (Roundtables not eligible for CME credit. No pre-registration required.)

Saturday, May 04, 2019

7:00am to 8:00am Registration/Coffee

8:00am to 8:30am Culinary Medicine: What It Is and Why It's Gaining Such Rapid Adoption Rani Polak, MD, MBA

8:30am to 9:30am Special Keynote Presentation: How to Live Longer and Better: Lessons from the Blue Zones Nick Buettner

9:30am to 10:00am Coffee Break

10:00am to 11:00am Obesity and Metabolic Risk: Different Disorders, Different Treatments Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD

11:00am to 12:00pm Sleep Problems: The Most Effective Lifestyle Medicine Interventions Suzanne Bertisch, MD

12:00pm to 1:15pm Break for lunch*

1:15pm to 2:30pm Incorporating Basic and Advanced Lifestyle Medicine Principles into Your Practice Theresa Stone, MD; Elizabeth Recupero, DO; and Helen Delichatsios, MD

2:30pm to 3:15pm Lifestyle Medicine for Underserved Populations Roseanna Means, MD

3:15pm to 3:45pm Coffee Break

3:45pm to 4:30pm Evidence-Based Answers to Your Patients' Fitness Questions Cedric Bryant, PhD

4:30pm to 4:45pm The Exercise Prescription: Getting Your Patients (and You) Moving Edward M. Phillips, MD

4:45pm to 5:00pm The New Data on the Benefits of Resistance Training: Weight Loss, Function, and Performance Edward M. Phillips, MD

5:00pm to 5:15pm Closing Remarks Edward M. Phillips, MD

Who should attend

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Dietitians
  • Dentists
  • Educators
  • Health Coaches
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Medical Students
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Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. He is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Me...
Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H., is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willett studied food science at Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical Sch...
“How many of you think you will live to 90?” This is how Nick Buettner starts an engaging keynote speech designed to inspire and provoke his audience into rethinking their ideas on a healthy long life. In his admirable career so far, Nick: Led 17 world expeditions, including explorations to iden...


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