Studies proving that Lifestyle Medicine Intervention is positively affecting cardiovascular disease has been established as early as the 1900’s. And it’s role in various level of prevention has been included in the algorithms as protocol for patient management. However, the implementation of Intensive Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (ITLC) has been poorly emphasized in clinical and hospital setting. But with the currently growing global epidemic of Lifestyle related diseases and awareness on Lifestyle Medicine intervention, physicians are getting more and more involved and interested in learning and implementing Lifestyle modifications not only for the benefit of their patients, but for themselves as well.
The first government funded Lifestyle Medicine conference in the Philippines became the opening wedge for government health workers, private practitioners and policy makers to merge and formulate programs, strategies and policies that will mitigate the rising crisis of non communicable disease in the country. Some of the sponsored attendees were representatives from the Philippine Heart Center Preventive Cardiology Division who gave great credit on Lifestyle Medicine Movement.
A team of five certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians headed by Dr. Mechelle Acero Palma, together with Dr. Johann Kim Manez, Dr. Monalisa Acero Xavier, Dr. Arleen Joy Vallejo and Dr. Romy Paredes orchestrated a very productive workshop on Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies emphasizing on Nutrition Assessment and Prescription as part of the Annual Symposium of Philippine Heart Center Preventive Cardiology Division. During the workshop, Cardiologists were coached on utilizing lifestyle evaluation and creating nutrition prescription for actual patient. And for the record, Cardiologists were able present cases emphasizing on lifestyle modification as modality for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and obesity. More importantly, opportunity was opened for significant partnership between the Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine and Philippine Heart Center in the endeavor of providing programs and local data through training and research services.
The center is currently formulating a Fellowship Program on Preventive Cardiology integrating Lifestyle Medicine in the curriculum. And to start with, Dr. Ranulfo B. Javelosa, the division chief is pursuing Lifestyle Medicine Education and eventually, the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certification.
Furthermore, Dr. Belen O. Carisma, the Deputy Executive Director of the Education, Training and Research Services offered a huge opportunity for collaboration in the development of Lifestyle Medicine research. The Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine will functionally contribute to the facets needed in the Division of Preventive Cardiology. An aspect in cardiac rehabilitation that will provide significant role in prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases.