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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 nutrition, 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
Our daily work as healthcare professionals increasingly involves caring for patients with diseases that are ultimately caused by or exacerbated by poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, inadequate sleep, and smoking. Yet professional training does not sufficiently prepare us to leverage our position of trust to help patients initiate health-promoting behaviors. At the same time, we are seeing payment structures rapidly evolve to reward clinicians based upon our patients’ health behaviors and health outcomes. These factors have given rise to an overwhelming demand for evidence-based lifestyle medicine practices that have been shown to reduce patient risk for chronic diseases. That is precisely what is offered at Lifestyle Medicine in 2019.

Reasons to Attend in 2019
Highlights of the 2019 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 for underserved populations

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.

 


OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS

Clinicians in the Kitchen
Wednesday, May 1, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
OR 
Wednesday, May 1, 5:30pm  - 8:30 pm

Join us for an innovative and hands-on experience at Create A Cook teaching kitchen in Newton, MA. (Transportation and lunch or dinner will be provided.) This unique opportunity is limited to 30 participants per session. 
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Mastering the Principles of Motivational Interviewing
Thursday, May 2, 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Motivational Interviewing (MI)—a collaborative method of communication—has emerged as one of the most critical and effective evidence-based approaches when working with patients to promote behavior change. In this intensive one-day workshop, participants learn state-of-the-art principles and practices for motivational interviewing. Highlights include:

  • A comprehensive review of modern MI goals and principles
  • Best practices for translating MI principles into practice
  • Guidance for exploring the patient’s own reasons for change
  • How to convey acceptance, partnership, evocation and compassion
  • Approaches to patients who are “resistant” to change
  • Skills development through role plays and small-group discussions

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Culinary Health Education Fundamentals
(CHEF) Coaching –The Basics*

Thursday, May 2, 8:00 am - 5:05 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

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