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State-of-the-Art Approaches to Help Patients Initiate and Sustain Health-Promoting Behaviors

This immersive two-day course offers state-of-the-art strategies to guide patients to healthier lives. Education includes evidence-based strategies, tools and techniques to effect healthier changes in patients (and ourselves), including diet, exercise, sleep, weight loss, and stress management. This course also provides updates on payment structures that reward clinicians based upon patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes.

Past participants report a renewed passion for practicing medicine and reduced personal stress as they themselves learn to enhance their own health and to serve as role models for their patients.

Overview
According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Currently, the leading causes of death in the United States are lifestyle related: poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, tobacco use, and overconsumption of alcohol. This course is designed to change your competence and performance-in-practice by increasing your knowledge of Lifestyle Medicine and helping you develop strategies to incorporate it into patient care, providing the newest science of nutrition, physical activity, and management skills. The course will focus on effectively counseling your patients to improve their overall lifestyle, including stress management, diet, and exercise. You will also have the opportunity to commit to improving your personal health practices so that you can serve as a better role model for your patients.

Reasons to Attend in 2017
Highlights of the 2017 program include:

  • The strategies that produce the best results for stress resiliency, sleep quality, nutrition, and weight-loss counseling
  • Guidance to prescribe exercise and perform risk assessments
  • Health coaching (it’s not “eat less; exercise more”)
  • Clinician self-care: what it is and why it matters
  • What really gets patients (even reluctant ones) to make healthy changes
  • Leveraging lifestyle medicine to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, dementia, certain cancers, and sexual health issues
  • When, why, and how to incorporate lifestyle medicine into your care of older adults

Skills Advancement and Networking
Recognized experts in the fields of lifestyle medicine, behavior change, health coaching, exercise, stress management, and nutrition provide guidance and innovations for:

  • Incorporating lifestyle medicine into your current practice
  • Improving patient communication and motivational interviewing
  • Building an effective lifestyle medicine team
  • Engaging resistant patients
  • Safely and effectively prescribing exercise or increased physical activity
  • Persuasively approaching nutrition counseling
  • Efficiently navigating the changing insurance landscape

You are actively encouraged to pose questions to and network with faculty as well as with fellow participants—like-minded health professionals who are seeking to promote lifestyle medicine as their practice pattern.

 


THREE OPTIONAL PRE-COURSE PROGRAMS

 

Lifestyle Medicine for Older Adults
Thursday, June 8, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This acclaimed full-day program focuses on the special challenges faced by clinicians who care for older people. It provides tools, guidance and best practices to help your patients in their senior years make lifestyle changes for optimal health. Click here for full agenda.

 

 

Clinicians in the Kitchen
Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Off site (transportation provided)

On Wednesday evening, June 7th, we host an innovative and hands-on experience for attendees at Create A Cook teaching kitchen in Newton, MA. Transportation will be provided. Click here for full agenda.

 

Culinary Health Education Fundamentals
(CHEF) Coaching—The Basics

Thursday, June 8, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

There is a strong correlation between home-cooked meals and healthier eating habits and lifestyles. In this new culinary medicine program, clinicians get education, skills development, and resources to:

  • Quickly and effectively educate patients on the health benefits of home-cooked meals
  • Provide guidance to patients for shopping, food storage, and meal preparation
  • Learn from master chefs who provide step-by-step guidance to develop your own culinary skills
  • Translate culinary medicine knowledge and skills into coaching practices to improve the health and nutrition of your patients

 Click here for full agenda