What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is a data driven approach to preventing, arresting and even reversing chronic diseases by replacing unhealthy behaviors with positive ones—such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, adapting to stress, avoiding tobacco use, getting adequate sleep and having a strong social support system.

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POTENTIAL OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE IN HEALTH REFORM:

  • A title wave of chronic disease is exerting a catastrophic impact on both the health and well-being of Americans and our economy. Most discussions of health care reform are about who is going to pay for the ever-growing prevalence and cost of prescriptions and procedures.

  • Lifestyle Medicine creates true health care reform, stopping chronic disease at its root cause and thereby the associated rising costs.

  • The U.S. has the opportunity to rein in costs and deliver far superior health outcomes with an evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine-first approach to health care—true value-based care in action.

  • Rather than treating symptoms with ever-increasing quantities of costly prescription medications and procedures, Lifestyle Medicine’s focus is on identifying and eradicating root causes of disease.

  • Lifestyle Medicine is the solution and must be included within the national conversation about health care vs. sick care and health care reform.