Welcome to the first day of Lifestyle Medicine Week 2021!
The mission of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is to establish Lifestyle Medicine, especially the adoption of Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) nutrition, as the foundation for health and the healthcare system.
As you can see from this graphic, Lifestyle Medicine is critical for preventing the most common and costly chronic conditions afflicting our citizens. Learn more about Lifestyle Medicine Week.
LM Week 2021
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.
Stay well and have fun!
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
“Jumpstarting Health with a 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Program” was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine on April 8, 2021 by Dr. Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, Dr. Ted Barnett, MD, FACLM, Carol Hee Barnett, PhD, JD., Robert Franki, MA, Bruce Pollock, MBA and Beth Garver Beha, MS, CAS.
The 15-Day Jumpstart was developed as an evidence-based, affordable, standardized, replicable and scalable program, designed to demonstrate quickly to patients that changing what they eat can improve their health. The program was designed using the principles of the Self-Determination Theory of motivation and personality. Patients were instructed to eat an Esselstyn-compliant, whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Of the 389 participants in the program from September 2018 – February 2020, average weight loss was 5.8 pounds (7.3 for those whose BMI was > 30), average systolic blood pressure drop was 6.8 points (16.8 points for those with systolic blood pressure > 140), average drop in cholesterol was 26 points (44 points for those with a cholesterol > 200), average drop in LDL was 19 points (33 points for those with an LDL > 100), and average drop in fasting blood sugar was 5.1 points (28.4 points for those starting in the diabetic range); p-value was <0.005 for fasting blood sugar and < 0.001 for all other comparisons. A 15-day program that helps patients adopt an Esselstyn-style WFPB diet, through education, individualized medical feedback, social support, and facilitated small group work, rapidly improves health.
This paper can be viewed here.
“Lifestyle Medicine in the Midst of a Pandemic,” authored by RLMI Board of Directors, Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH, Carol Hee Barnett, PhD, JD, and Ted D. Barnett, MD, was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Here is an excerpt from the paper’s abstract:
“Patients with chronic conditions are at higher risk of complications and mortality if they get COVID-19. Approximately half of American adults have at least 1 condition that increases their risk of complications if they become infected. The medical and public health communities need to send a clear message about the impact of lifestyle on health, particularly in the time of this pandemic. We need to communicate with patients and the public, to let them know how rapidly major lifestyle changes can improve health. This communication is urgent; the timeline for self-care and lifestyle medicine interventions has been telescoped, so that chronic diseases are now acute risk factors.”
To read the full paper, visit: Lifestyle Medicine in the Midst of a Pandemic.
RLMI Lifestyle Medicine Board-Certified Dr. Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, discusses the benefits of going Plant-Based. http://www.gvhealthnews.com/features/10-reasons-to-go-plant-based-in-2021/
Internationally-known Australian Lifestyle Medicine Expert Dr. Darren Morton will present on how we can lift our lives and those of others—and flourish—through the award-winning, evidence-based, scientifically-proven global LIFT Project. Morton’s goal is to LIFT 10 million lives.
Charismatic, engaging and passionate, Morton is all about LIFTing lives by teaching people how to bring happiness, meaning and joy to their lives and others’ lives. Morton has presented to hundreds of receptive audiences from Australia to America.
Morton will show us what it takes to Flourish. He’ll identify and elaborate on the key elements that are scientifically proven to help us flourish and increase happiness, including Positive Emotion, Engagement, Achievement, Relationships, and Meaning.
Morton will speak via Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here to register. Free. Suggested donation.
Dr Darren Morton’s LIFT Project
As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and past NYPD Captain will speak on his new book, Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing & Reversing Diabetes & Other Chronic Illnesses.
Adams was diagnosed with late stage Type 2 diabetes in 2016. He consulted with five doctors, and was repeatedly told he would lose fingers, toes, and his vision, and would remain on insulin for the rest of his life. With a family history of diabetes and frightened by the dim prospects for his future, Adams conducted an internet search on reversing diabetes, and found a plant-based diet.
In his book, Adams defines a path for communities of color to reverse their chronic diseases through a plant-based diet. In a recent interview, Adams explains, “Diabetes, heart disease, and other preexisting conditions account for most of the hospitalizations, and they happen in poor communities where people have poor access to food. So, it’s almost a continuation, a pipeline, to not only poor health habits but death rates. That’s why it’s imperative that we find an approach to dealing with the pandemic amidst chronic diseases that includes both intervention and prevention. “
Adams offers solutions in his book. “I wanted to show people how to look at what we have available to us in local markets. There’s a lot of healthy food in front of us, but it is being hidden between the rows of bad food…You can eat in a cheap way, but in a healthy way. We need to ensure that people in the inner cities have the access (to healthful foods).”
Adams will speak via Zoom on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Click here to register. Free. Suggested donation.