Does Life Style Really Matter?

            No doubt you would expect my answer to be a resounding confirmation that lifestyle matters.  But really, how much difference does lifestyle make?  As it happens, a positive lifestyle can make an astounding difference in how long you will live and the quality of life you will enjoy over those years.             As you […]

Letter to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)

Dear Senator Alexander: We are writing on behalf of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in response to your request as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) to medical and healthcare experts for specific recommendations to help address America’s rising healthcare costs.  The ACLM is the world’s flagship […]

A few reminders about your health

            With many demands and distractions in life, maintaining our health can be challenging.  The statistics speak for themselves.  Nationally, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, depression and high blood pressure are on the rise.             Turning the tide will require more than a fad diet.  A more successful approach is one that offers opportunities for […]

How to Get More From Your Next Appointment

            Have you had the experience of forgetting something you planned to discuss with me until long after your appointment?  It’s human nature to think of things we want to discuss and in the intervening time before an appointment either forget or dismiss the information as irrelevant.             Often, that lost thought is important information.  […]

The N.E.A.T. Way to Burn Calories

For over a hundred years, each generation has enjoyed an increasing number of conveniences that reduced the need for physical activity.  The move from farms to cities along with the introduction of automobiles and public transportation significantly reduced the need to walk.  Work and leisure activities also became more sedentary.  Watching people play ball frequently […]

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

The medical practice of prevention and wellness has a new name.  It’s now recognized as a certified specialty called Lifestyle Medicine.  In essence, it is a specialty that takes a scientific approach to decreasing disease risk and illness burden by utilizing lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, biblioherapy, weight loss, physical activity, stress reduction, sleep, smoking […]