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In This Issue
The President's Report
Spotlight Article
Save the Date: Lifestyle Medicine 2014
LM2014 Leadership Grants Awarded
Become a CHIP Facilitator
Research Summaries
ACPM Headlines
Welcome New Members
in alphabetical order 
by month:

JUNE 2014

Maria Anderson, MD,
Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Western Slope Cardiology

Denver, CO


William Beckworth, MD, Physician, Emory University

Atlanta, GA


Thomas Bruff, MD, MPH, Physician, Thomas Bruff, MD Inc.

San Diego, CA


Ronald Carey, MD, Assistant Professor, Christian Medical College

Vellore, India


Vanessa Castin, MD, MPH, Physician

Los Angeles, CA


Catherine Collings, MD, MD Partner/Board Member, Advanced Cardiovascular Specialists

Los Altos Hills, CA


Christina Cummings, MD, MPH, Physician, "Let Food be thy Medicine"

Beverly Hills, CA


Cherise Dyal, MD, Medical Director, Synergy Fitness and Wellness

Wayne, NJ


Stephanie Hodges, RN, BSN, MSN-FNP Candidate, Duke University School of Nursing

Durham, NC


Kristi Hughes, ND, Associate Director of Medical Education, Insitute for Functional Medicine

Alexandria, MN


Jengyu Lai, DPM, Chief Manager, Rochester Clinic

Rochester, MN


Stephanie Lind, MBA, Director of Healthy 100 Enterprise, FL Hospital 

Apopka, FL


William Nields, MD, Senior Physician, FL Department of Health

Jacksonville, FL


William Pritchett, BS, DDS, Owner, GBD

Pismo Beach, CA


Maryam Sanjari, MD, MPH, Preventive Medicine Resident, LLU

Loma Linda, CA


Deepa Sannidhi, MD, Resident Physician, Hunterdon Family Medical Center

Flemington, NJ


Amy Sheer, BS, MPH, MS4, Medical Student, University of Florida

Gainesville, FL


Heather Sowell, MD, President, The Sheldon Sowell Center for Health, PC

Denver, CO


Nkem Thompson, MBBS, General Contractor

Borehamwood, United Kingdom


Amanda, Zelek, Pharm.D., Pharmacist, LMHS

Fort Myers, FL 


JULY 2014 

Abena Akufo Opoku, MD,
Resident, GPMR- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Toledo, OH


Ijeoma Azonobi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA


Ryan Bailey, MSOT, Graduate Student, Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, MO


Marguerite Beaudoin-Curtis, Owner, Juvenescence

Pittsford, VT


Diana Berger, MD, MSc, Clinical Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Brooklyn, NY


Rebecca Chung, MD, Resident Physician, LLU Medical Center

Loma Linda, CA


Sunday Clement, BSc, Lifestyle Expert, HealthyLifestyleAfrica

Calabar, Nigeria


Terry Dunlop, Community Educator, ASU - Alzheimer's Org.

Minden, NE


Sadaf Farasat, MD, Resident, Griffin Hospital / Yale School of Public Health

Hamden, CT


Debbie Gillespie, MS, Instructor/Program Director, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fort Worth, TX


Stephen Herrick, BS, OMS IV, Touro University California

San Jose, CA


Andrew Klonecke, MD, MS, Physician, TPMG, Inc.

Roseville, CA


Karen LaVine, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant, StayWell Health Management

Albuquerque, NM


Wendy Martin, MD, President, Modern Medical Associates

Weed, CA


Hannah Mirzakhani, Medical Student

Lakewood, OH


Rajiv Misquitta, MD

Physician, Permanente Medical Group

Sacramento, CA


Farhad Modarai, DO, Family Medicine Resident, Duke University

Durham, NC


Spencer Nadolsky, DO, Physician, GetLeanRx

Suffolk, VA


Tracey Oliver, CNM, NP, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner, John R. Oliver, M.D.

Wasilla, AK


Valerie Pierre, Medical Student

Montgomery Village, MD


Heather Shenkman, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Lakeside Community Healthcare

Sherman Oaks, CA


Joan Swanson, MMSc, PA-C, Physician Assistant Student, Emory University

Atlanta, GA


Tamara Taber, DO,

Physician, Family Healthcare of Clarion

Clarion, PA


Bassam Tahir, MD, MPH, PGY4 Internal Medicine Resident, 

Yale / Griffin Hospital

New Haven, CT


Susan Tuttle, PharmD, Clinical Specialist Pharmacist, Lee Memorial Health

Ft Myers, FL


David Vazquez, Ob-Gyn, Physician, Beaver Medical Group

Redlands, CA


Stephen Waterbrook, MD, General Surgeon, General Surgery

Centerville, OH


Yohannes Woldeamanuel, MD, PostDoctoral, Stanford University

Stanford, CA


Francis Yoo, DO, Resident Physician, Southampton Hospital

Southampton, NY

Events Calendar


Northwest VEG

September 26, 2014

Portland, OR


Lifestyle Medicine 2014

October 19-22, 2014

San Diego, CA


Personalized Medicine 2014

November 3-5, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

Lifestyle Medicine in Action
    August 2014
The President's Report 

David L. Katz, MD, MPH


Only Enough is Enough


For any medicine, timing and dose matter.  For lifestyle medicine, with our national conference coming up fast, a double dose of high-profile commentaries about the medicine we have versus the medicine we need is a timely opportunity for reorientation.

The initial provocation was delivered by the British Medical Journal in June.  A commentary published on the BMJ blog site asserted, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective.  Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.  The commentary was in response to a paper published in the BMJ that reached essentially the same conclusion.  An accompanying editorial was entitled: "General health checks don't work" and began with "it's time to let them go."

The trial that provoked these responses randomized a large sample of Danish adults either to screening for chronic disease risk factors with tailored lifestyle counseling, or usual care.  After 10 years, the two groups did not differ for the rate of heart disease or all-cause mortality.

The "intervention" consisted of 3 individualized lifestyle counseling sessions of 15-45 minutes each, spread over the first 3 years of the 10-year study period.  If you will, the intervention was itself a tidbit of lifestyle counseling.  An additional 6 group sessions were available, but that means even for the rare participants who took advantage of all offerings, less than one counseling session per year of observation.  The sessions were made available to those study participants with overt chronic disease risk factors, including smoking, high alcohol intake, poor diet, and/or lack of physical activity.

I invite you to pause and consider whether you would expect that between 45 minutes and two hours of clinical counseling over 3 years would meaningfully change health outcomes over 10 years for people who potentially smoke, drink, eat badly, and avoid exercise.

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ACLM Members Leading the Charge for Change! 

Susan Bengias         
Executive Director, ACLM


With 75% or more of our nation's healthcare dollars devoted to the treatment of conditions directly related to "lifestyle," is there any question that Lifestyle Medicine must become the foundation of our healthcare system?  


You, our ACLM members, are helping to lead the charge.  It's true that ACLM is a professional membership organization, but ACLM members have joined this trailblazing organization because you understand what's at stake, and you have a burning desire to be part of the solution in ensuring sustainable human health and a sustainable healthcare system. The solution: Lifestyle Medicine driven by a fearless and dedicated army of practitioners devoted to our shared mission. 


ACLM exists to serve its members and advance the cause of Lifestyle Medicine.  In order to better meet your needs, we're in the midst of our strategic planning process, with one of the most important Strategic Planning Teams, led by Executive Committee Member Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, focused on analyzing ACLM membership levels and benefits. 


To this end, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer this brief six question survey. Your responses will help shape the future of ACLM's membership benefits, providing us with vital feedback on how we, as the premier Lifestyle Medicine professional society, can best meet your needs as you integrate Lifestyle Medicine into your personal life and into your practice.  Please take a few minutes to share your vision with us; click here for the survey.


From a strategic planning perspective, ACLM's other key areas of focus include:

  • Identifying the needs of our membership as it relates to Lifestyle Medicine education-for practitioners themselves and for their patients.  What tools and resources do those who practice or desire to practice Lifestyle Medicine need? How can ACLM aid our members in implementing a viable and profitable clinical practice model that may include group practice components?  We want to hear from you and will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks seeking your input and suggestions.  We're pleased that, through our business partnership with n1Health, members of the n1Health team will be assisting us in this research project.  More details coming your way soon!
  • A team is evaluating ACLM's brand, communication and marketing strategies.  We are embarking on a mission to "refresh" the look, feel and functionality of ACLM's website, newsletter and other communications vehicles, while also evaluating our strategies for most effectively promoting both ACLM and the cause of Lifestyle Medicine.  

Read the entire article on our website - click here


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Lifestyle Medicine Leadership Grants Awarded for 2014
This year marks our Second Annual Lifestyle Medicine Leadership grant, which is substantially helping fund 10 ACLM Professionals in Training members to attend the Lifestyle Medicine 2014 conference.

"The grant support of $500 per recipient makes attendance possible for our Trainees, enabling participation in this inspiring professional experience," said Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, Chair of ACLM's Professionals in Training.

Award recipients have expressed their gratitude for ACLM's significant expansion to 10 grants this year, made possible through generous support from The Martin Companies:

Stephen Herrick, OMS-IV
Touro University
Valerie Pierre, MS-II
Creighton School of Medicine
Justin Jones, MS-IV
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Rani Polak, MD, MBA
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Fellow
Parissa Massahikhaleghi, MD, MPH
CHIP Program
Deepa Sannidhi, MD, PGY-3
Hunterdon Medical Center
Farhad Modarai, DO, PGY-2
Duke University Medical Center
Amy Joy Sheer, MS-IV, MPH
University of Florida
Elizabeth Morris, MD, PGY-1
Greenville Health System - USC
Kerri Zemko, RN, BSN, OCN
Wellness Forum Institute

Please continue your commitment to the College by supporting ACLM's Professionals in Training at the conference - they have developed an incredible line up of complimentary activities.


Show your support with an official LM2014 conference t-shirt! (All proceeds directly support the grant) If you'd like to purchase a shirt, contact


Become a CHIP Facilitator
October 22nd, 2014 @ Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, immediately following Lifestyle Medicine 2014
The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Presents: 
Leading Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients One Step at a Time

When: December 5 - 6, 2014
Where: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center @ Harvard University: Boston, Massachusetts


Most practices grapple with the challenge of enabling patients to be drivers of their own wellness regimen. This course offers proven strategies to counsel and motivate patients, and gives participants evidence-based tools and techniques to prescribe individualized exercise programs. 

For the complete agenda and registration information for Leading Active Lives click here:  

Real Food, Just Food
Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies.

Join Food Day in their nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food!


In 2014, Food Day seeks to inspire community action in every city and state in the country, with individuals and organizations coming together on and around October 24th to learn, debate, and mobilize to create a just food system, improve the American diet, and raise awareness about the critical importance of food education in schools.


Visit to find more resources, email us at, or call 202-777-8392.

Research Summaries
Links to Opinion Articles, Practice Advice and Patient Handouts


ACPM Headlines 

Here are some of the stories found in the recent issue of ACPM's newsletter:  


Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Grace Stillar
Contributing Writers: David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Susan Benigas
Contributing Editors: Lisa Gregory, Lindsey Christensen 

American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Phone: 971-983-5383


PO Box 6432
Chesterfield, MO 63006