Have you ever heard… “Patients don't change.” “Don't waste your valuable few minutes on counseling; better to use medications, which we know work.”
In practice, we are faced with high levels of frustration when addressing chronic disease… especially when our patients have co-morbidities… hypertension, depression, obesity, prediabetes, chronic pain, and more. A lifestyle medicine approach to population care has the potential to decrease the prevalence of chronic conditions and their burdensome costs.
But lifestyle medicine remains elusive for many of us… we need to learn how to offer evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions as the first and primary mode of preventing and, when appropriate, treating chronic disease.Learn how to implement the six pillars of lifestyle medicine… for better health outcomes, lower costs, enhanced patient satisfaction, and improved provider outcomes! Here are just a few things you will be ready to implement in your practice tomorrow!
- Prescribe a diet to a patient based on their condition
- Screen and counsel patients for addiction using the 5 A's framework
- Replace prescribed medications with lifestyle modifications
- Provide your patients with valuable stress relief interventions… and relieve your own stress too!
- Develop a sleep plan for both sleeping disorders and disordered sleeping
- Provide a patient with an activity prescription…aerobic, strength building, flexibility, and more
- Help parents use a strength-based philosophy to help their children develop healthy habits
- Take the next steps to change your practice
Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Practice:Powerful Approach to Preventative Care
As a lifestyle medicine clinician, you will create individualized treatment plans for promoting healthy lifestyles, improving patient outcomes, and expanding your practice!
Bonus! Six downloadable PDF patient handouts... valuable resources your patients will hang on their fridge, not throw in the trash.
Jessica Albores, MBA, FNP-C, DipACLM, CWS, is a dedicated family nurse practitioner who believes in holistic patient care. She has extensive knowledge in lifestyle medicine, telemedicine, complex patient care, wound medicine, primary care, and much more. Jessica has obtained her certification in Lifestyle Medicine by the American College of Lifestyle medicine which indicates she has mastered the science of preventing, treating, and reversing chronic disease in an evidence-based manner. Jessica has a business mindset and takes great joy out of being resourceful, strategic, and innovative to meet the needs of her patients.Click here for information about Jessica Albores.
Josie Bidwell, DNP, FACLM, serves as an associate professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing in 2004, 2006 and 2013, respectively. She is AANP board-certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C). She was inducted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center Nursing Hall of Fame in 2021. Additionally, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in 2022, the first nurse to ever receive the distinction. Dr. Bidwell is a currently practicing nurse practitioner at UMMC's Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, addressing nutrition, fitness, sleep, tobacco cessation, stress, and resiliency. She was named the Clinical Director of Preventive Medicine in 2020 which includes Lifestyle Medicine Clinic as well as the Student and Employee Health Clinic.Click here for information about Josie Bidwell.
LaTaya De Jesus, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DipACLM, is the Founder and CEO of Eden Health Restored, a direct care health coaching company which uses Lifestyle Medicine principles to help people revive their health. Previously, Dr. De Jesus worked as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) in primary care where she practiced using the principles of lifestyle medicine. Dr. De Jesus has more than 11 years of experience in healthcare, which began as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. She obtained her Master of Science in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from The Ohio State University. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.Click here for information about LaTaya De Jesus.
Karla Rodriguez, DNP, RN, CNE, NC-BC, DipACLM, FNYAM, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She has a background in Pediatrics and Adult Medical-Surgical nursing with an interest in lifestyle behaviors, mobilizing patients back into the community and taking part in making positive lifestyle changes for lifelong health. She is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.Click here for information about Karla Rodriguez.
Erin Sinnaeve, DNP, FNP-C, is a family nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience in health care. She has been specializing in allergy/immunology for the past 7 years and also practices lifestyle medicine. Dr. Sinnaeve holds a BSN from the University of Nebraska, a MS from Creighton University, and a DNP from Chamberlain University. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM).Click here for information about Erin Sinnaeve.
Elizabeth Winings, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, DipACLM, currently works full-time as an Assistant Professor in Nursing at Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing and owns Winings Wellness, a private practice based in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Winings specializes in the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and mental health. In the clinical setting, she works primarily with children and families, practicing with the understanding that health is composed of physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Winings Wellness provides mental health care with an emphasis on screening, prevention, and early intervention, including psychotherapy, conservative use of medication when needed, and nutritional guidance.Click here for information about Elizabeth Winings.
Powerful Approach to Preventative Care
- Implement lifestyle interventions in time-strapped clinical practices
- Empower patients and equip them with tools necessary for self-care and self-management of lifestyle-related health problems
- Create a practice environment that supports healthy lifestyles and choices
- Incorporate lifestyle changes for diabetes, cardiovascular disease… and more!
- Transform your practice and incorporate lifestyle medicine into every encounter
- Use health coaching to facilitate behavior change in key lifestyle areas
- Control cardiovascular disease… lipid control, hypertension, and more
- Treat, reverse, and prevent chronic disease through lifestyle change
- Use lifestyle medicine with your pediatric patients
- Where does lifestyle medicine make a difference… diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain
- Risky behaviors that lead to chronic disease
- Lifestyle medicine… a first-line approach
- Six Pillars/Core Competencies
- Plant-based vs. vegan
- Overconsumed foods and shortfall of nutrients
- Nutrition Prescriptions… portfolio, Ornish, DASH, Mediterranean, and more
- Protein sources and requirements
- Macro and Micronutrients… they all matter
- Counseling patients… forks over knives
- Benefits for all… cognitive, quality of life, anxiety, mood, and sleep
- Types of activity… aerobic, strengthening, balance, flexibility, and more
- Physical Activities Guidelines… how much is right?
- Counseling patients… putting it to practice… activity prescriptions
- What is stress… good stress/bad stress
- Distress… acute, episodic, chronic
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Consequences of stress on health… stress and disease
- Stress relief… interventions for stress management
- Terms… addiction, dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, and more
- Addiction and the brain
- Additions… smoking, alcohol, opioids, amphetamines, and benzos
- Racial inequities in substance use disorder
- Screening and treatment options
- Counseling patients with addictions… the 5 A's Framework
- Sleep architecture and duration… how much is enough?
- Sleep stages… impact on body
- Disordered sleeping vs. Sleep disorders
- Sleep coaching
- What is connection… a basic human need
- Loneliness, solitude, social isolation
- Social connection and health
- Cultivating social cohesion
- Children don't come with a guidebook… development, unique needs
- Internalizing and externalizing behaviors in children
- The power of self-soothing
- Strength-based philosophy
- Guiding parents in the six pillars
- Equality, equity, disparities, social detriments
- Racism as a public health crisis
- Infant and maternal mortality
- Zip code or genetic code for determining health
- Healthcare mistrust
- Reframing your approach
- Why coaching… life coach, health coach, nurse coach
- Find your niche… what sets you apart?
- Credentialling… are you ready… take the next step
- Building a coaching business… finding clients, value, action plan
- Deprescribing… can lifestyle replace any meds?
- Celebrating wins
Powerful Approach to Preventative Care
- Is one more important than the other?
- The role of each in overall well-being
- The role of exercise in weight loss (and health)
- The role of nutrition in weight loss (and health)
- SAD — ultra-processed and high-calorie
- Diet wars:
- Keto, low-carb, intermittent fasting
- Nutrition and hydration recommendations
- The power of plants
- How to balance a plate
- Can you out exercise a poor diet?
- Fad diets, shakes and cleanses
- Cardio is the most important for weight loss
- Spot reduction
to Make it a Habit
- Interview techniques to identify goals and habit change prioritization
- Habit stacking for long-lasting behavior change
- 4-Domains of Health and Human Performance
- Impacts of sleep (and not enough)
- Impacts of sleep deprivation
- Sleep debt
- Sleep Extension
- Sleep and Domains
- Sleep and the Physical Domain
- Sleep and the Cognitive Domain
- Sleep in the Social Domain
- Sleep in the Emotional Domain
- Sleep Strategies
- Sleep Technologies
- Resource to Learn More
- When does drinking become a disorder?
- Changes from DSM IV to V criteria for AUDs (and what they mean for clients)
- Who are we leaving out?
- Countertransference: Exploring our own biases around alcohol
- Unpacking cultural expectations and dispelling myths about alcohol
- The Iceberg Theory
- Strategies to help clients identify and process their emotions
- Six types of boundaries
- Why alcohol isn't self-care (and exploring what is)
- When clients' jobs, families, and social lives revolve around alcohol
- Sober dating, socializing, and sex
- Supporting your client when their partner still drinks
- Types of triggers and how to realistically plan for them
- Coping with cravings and urge surfing
- What is harm reduction?
- Evidence supporting harm reduction
- How to help clients identify when moderation isn't working
- Mindful drinking practices
- Identifying Patient Concerns
- Working as the Collaborator, Not the Expert
- The 80/20 Talking Rule
- Stages of Change
- Behavior Change Strategies
- SMART Goals
- Motivational Interviewing Techniques
- Learning Styles
- Psycho-Social Considerations
- Environment & Economic Considerations
- Cultural Competency
- Infant feeding
- Breastfeeding versus formula feeding
- Formula types
- Introducing complementary foods
- BLW versus conventional
- Nutrition concerns for toddler years
- Adequate portion sizes
- Grade school
- Common Childhood Nutrient Deficiencies
- Pediatric malnutrition
- Food allergies
- Picky eating
- Infant with poor growth
- Toddler with picky eating
- Teenager with weight loss due to anxiety/depression
Powerful Approach to Preventative Care
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