Here I will present some definitions seen on other pages. And have a look to that Gouldian Finch, it represents all colors of Lifestyle Medicine (like defined in the ACLM Graphic) and is the mascot of the community site (coming soon 1. January 2019)

Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.

‘. . . Medical education in lifestyle medicine is… a necessary intervention to allow all health providers to learn how to effectively and efficiently counsel their patients toward adopting and sustaining healthier behaviors.’

Lifestyle medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. In the clinic, major barriers to lifestyle counseling are that physicians feel ill-prepared and are skeptical about their patients’ receptivity.[1]
Poor lifestyle choices like dietary patterns, physical inactivity, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, as well as psychosocial factors, e.g. chronic stress and lack of social support and community, contribute to chronic disease.[2][3] Coaching people how to cook healthy food at home can be part of a lifestyle-oriented medical practice.

Lifestyle medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Lifestyle medicine interventions include health risk assessment screening, health behavior change counseling and clinical application of lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle medicine is often prescribed in conjunction with pharmacotherapy and other forms of therapy.
Lifestyle medicine is an inter-disciplinary field of internal medicine, psychosocial and neurosciences, public and environmental health, and biology. Key LM principles include prevention strategies that address lifestyle habits, the underlying biological causes (also more distant causes such as urban design initiatives to make cities and neighborhoods more social and conducive to healthier lifestyles), and the pathophysiology common to LRDs (e.g. low-grade systemic inflammation, dysregulated stress axis, metabolic dysfunctions etc.). As such, LM is an adjunct form of treatment that helps to bridge the best aspects of public health and conventional clinical medicine.

Lifestyle Medicine is a 21st Century approach to healthcare that consolidates the very best characteristics of traditional medicine with the profound impact of Lifestyle behaviors on health.
Our concierge lifestyle practice allows us to incorporate Lifestyle Medicine into our comprehensive Internal Medicine Practice. We love the extra time we spend with our Lifestyle Medicine patients.  Our patients love that we are more accessible to them and that we work as partners together on their health.

and there are many more – leave in the comments below your favorite one! How would you define Lifestyle Medicine?

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