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In This Issue
ACLM's Standards
Spotlight: A New Generation of Lifestyle Medicine Pioneers
CME Opportunities
ACPM Headlines
Welcome New Members
in alphabetical order:


Steven Aussenberg, Student, The Commonwealth Medical College

Wiliamsport, PA


Bryce Breitenstein, Jr., MD, MPH, CEO, Breitenstein Medical Associates, Inc.

Indian Wells, CA


Dona Cooper-Dockery, MD, Physician, Cooper Internal Medicine

McAllen, TX


Angela Eakin, MD, MS, Physician, Valley Family Medicine

Renton, WA


Corey Harrington, DC, Student, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Davenport, IA


Katie Lester, BS, Registered Dietitian, Women's Medicine Collaborative

Mansfield, MA


Claire Peel, PhD, PT, Dean, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Fort Worth, TX


Linda Skoog-Sluman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, EngagementHealth

Hinsdale, IL


Michael Sokoloff, MD, Pediatric Intensivist, Pediatrix

Spokane, WA


William Stinnette, BS, MD, Hospitalist, Northside Hospital, Main Compus

Atlanta, GA


L. John Swallow, Jr., BA, Lay Practicioner of Lifestyle Medicine

Arlington, VA


Mary Thomas, MD, Physician, Self Employed

Gonzales, TX


John Todor, BPE, MA, PhD, Co-founder, Living55Plus

Pleasant Hill, CA


April Tripp, PhD, Professor, CCBC

Baltimore, MD


Christine Tsou, MD, Hospitalist, Kaiser San Jose

San Jose, CA




Ai Chien, MD, Co-Founder, Homemade Coooking

Redwood City, CA


Saj Bhusri, MD,

Chief Cardiology Fellow, Lenox Hill Hospital

New York, NY


Issam El Bizri, MD,

Physician, HCA

Wolfeboro, NH


Johnny Gomes, DO,

Medical Director/Physician, Optimal Healthcare and Wellness

Glen Alpine, NC


Katherine Kilpatrick, MDPhysician, Health for Life Medical Centre

Ontario, Canada


Luigi Maselli, MSc, PhD, Adjunct Professor, La Sapienza University of Rome

Bari, Italy


Cynthia Noma-Owens, MBBS, Senior Medical Officer, Central Bank of Nigeria Medical Centre

Abuja, Nigeria


Jordan Rinker, MD, MPHConsultant Physician, Rinker Occupational Medicine, Inc.

Corte Madera, CA


Michelle Rockwell, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition, LifeStyle Medical Center

Durham, NC


Lauren Schuler, MD, Physician, Well+True

Denver, CO


Adrianne Scruggs, MD, Physician / Assistant Professor, UTMB Health

Pearland, TX


Victor Sierpina, MD, Professor, UTMB Health Galveston, TX


Kinga Szucs, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

Indianapolis, IN


Harry Wingate, MD,

President, TKP

Bogart, GA


Events Calendar


Preventive Medicine 2014

February 19 - 22, 2014

New Orleans, LA


American Medical Students Association Convention

March 6 - 9, 2014

New Orleans, LA


24th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

March 24 - 28, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO


ACSM's Health and Fitness Summit & Exposition

April 1 - 4, 2014

Atlanta, GA


Internal Medicine 2014

April 10 - 12, 2014

Orlando, FL


Lifestyle Medicine 2014 

October 19 - 22, 2014

San Diego, CA


Personalized Medicine 2014

November 3 - 5, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada


Lifestyle Medicine in Action
    February 2014
The President's Report
Liana Lianov, MD, MPH
ACLM's Standards 


Hello Fellow ACLM Members! In late February I will be completing my term as ACLM president. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity and to work with such a passionate group of colleagues. It is this dedication and passion that has boosted the organization's success. Our membership continues to grow steadily and we are on track for another successful conference this fall. Together with our partners we are developing a strategic plan for promoting lifestyle medicine across the spectrum of health care and creating demand for lifestyle medicine by the public.


We can turn around our nation's health, economy and security through successful implementation of lifestyle medicine at the clinical level and partnership with public health to ensure environments supportive of health living. I envision even more growth and exciting developments for ACLM's future as Dr. David Katz steps up to the presidency.


I dedicate this President's Desk to providing a summary of the lifestyle medicine standards.


DEFINITION OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE   Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is the use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat and prevent lifestyle-related diseases in a clinical setting. It empowers individuals with the knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying causes of disease.



Lifestyle medicine is based on scientific evidence that the body will heal itself when the factors which cause disease are removed. The goal of a lifestyle medicine intervention is to replace unhealthy behaviors with behaviors that promote health. A wide variety of health promoting behaviors have been successfully used in the treatment of lifestyle diseases; but most lifestyle-related diseases benefit from a few lifestyle behavior changes. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Optimum nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Improved interpersonal relationships

Read complete article at


A New Generation of Lifestyle Medicine Pioneers

Ingrid Edshteyn, DO                  
Chair, Professionals in Training 


"Treating the Cause" increasingly resonates with healthcare professionals in training and a strong call is audible for change in clinical education. Students and residents nationwide, from California to Massachusetts, are taking action by bridging the gap from treating consequences to focusing on upstream determinants of health. They look toward Lifestyle Medicine as a guide on this pioneering journey.


Loma Linda University School of Medicine:

The Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group was developed from the school's long-standing commitment to education and its promotion of healthy lifestyle choices for the prevention and treatment of disease. The programs included a GoVege (Vegan) Week, Journal Club, Community Health Talks, and a Lifestyle Focus Newsletter. 


Harvard Medical School:

This Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group has been closely linked with the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in sponsoring events and a Lunchtime Lecture series. The purpose, as envisioned by student leader Derek Stenquist, is to "empower the next generation of physicians to tackle lifestyle-related illness in an effort to reduce morbidity and mortality" from preventable disease. 


Stanford University School of Medicine:

Stanford students facilitate an interactive lifestyle medicine lecture series, with the vision of aspiring physicians to promote a culture of health and wellness in patients; the invited leading experts discuss the diversity of what comprises "lifestyle": motivational interviewing, meditation, nutrition, exercise, sleep and mindfulness.


The Professionals in Training group is proud to have such enthusiastic and visionary young clinicians "thinking globally and acting locally". Our expanding ranks compelled us to create ACLM's first Professionals in Training Executive Board: six Vice Presidents have been newly elected to represent ACLM's trainees. We welcome your comments, membership and further dialogue:


Read the entire article on our website - click here


 October 19 - 22, 2014
San Diego, CA
Save 50% on registration 
Register now to receive the New Year's Discount for $500 - expires 2/28.
To learn more about the conference, event hotel, schedule of events, and much more, visit our website.

Calling all Speakers
Click here to submit your talk  
Presentations for Lifestyle Medicine 2014 "Treating the Cause: Evidence-Based Practice" are now being accepted, and you have until March 14th to submit your talk!
Visit our website for a list of topic ideas. 
Dr. Michael Greger, MD
Latest in Clinical Nutrition, Volume 16 
FREE Copies
The newest addition of Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series is now available and Dr. Michael Greger wants to offer FREE copies to all ACLM Members!
If you would like to receive a free copy of the DVD, just simply email and request the latest edition by either video download, a physical DVD copy, or both!
To learn more about the DVD series, including access to the preceding 15 volumes, visit  to learn more. 
CME Opportunities
CME, CEU, CEC Opportunities: 

March 24 - 28, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
29.0 CEUs, CMEs, and CECs available

The Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference brings together more than 600 like-minded professionals with a passion for health promotion - individuals who represent the most successful programs in workplace, clinical, educational and community settings. This is your opportunity to meet them, learn from them, share experience, connect and collaborate.To learn more about the conference, click here. 


Research Summaries

The following presented by WebMD   

Sleep During the Day May Throw Genes Into Disarray

No Proof That 'Blood-Type' Diets Work

Pepsi One and Potential Cancer-Causing Chemical


The following presented by MedlinePlus

Peer Pressure May Influence Your Food Choices 

What Yoga Can and Can't Do for You 

Slow Eating Might Help Curb Calories 

Workplace Wellness Programs Work 

Labeling Food With 'Stop' or 'Go' Colors Might Spur Healthier Diet 

Just 1 in 4 U.S. Teens Gets Enough Exercise 

Fitness in Teen Years May Guard Against Heart Trouble Later 

Study Spots Growing Disparity in U.S. Teen Obesity Problem 

Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure 

Fast Food Not Major Culprit in Kids' Obesity 

Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women 

Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories 

Do Diet Drinks Make You Eat More? 

Too Much Sitting May Raise Heart Failure Risk for Men 

Chocolate, Tea, Berries May Cut Diabetes Risk 

Media Focus on Obesity May Backfire for Some Women 


The following presented by Medpage Today (May require log-in)

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Diabetes 

Fit Young Men Have Fewer Heart Attacks Later 


The following presented by Harvard Medical School

Mediterranean-style diet linked to healthier arteries throughout the body


The following presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reducing sodium in restaurant foods is an opportunity for choice

Effects of Messages Emphasizing Environmental Determinants of Obesity on Intentions to Engage in Diet and Exercise Behaviors


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:  

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Lifestyle Medicine in Action  

Editor-in-Chief: Grace Stillar
Contributing Writers: Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, Ingrid Edshteyn, DO
Contributing Editors: Lisa Gregory, Lindsey Christensen 

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Fax: 971-983-5384


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