Welcome to Day 3 of Lifestyle Medicine Week.

Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: avoidance of risky substances. While it may seem obvious, it is extremely important to acknowledge the harm that is caused by opioids, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, and other inhaled, injected, and ingested non-food substances.

If you are experiencing a substance addiction, please reach out to your medical provider or the national Helpline of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-4357. You can also find a list of resources for individuals and families by clicking here.

Avoid toxic substances

While you may be among those fortunate enough not to be under the control of addiction, we all need to recognize that there are many toxic substances that we are exposed to in our environment and food supply that are not under our direct control. Let’s all consider what role we can play in helping to insure that there is clean air, clean water, and uncontaminated food for us and for future generations.

Stay well,

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.