RLMI Board of Directors publish paper in AJLM October 2020

Lifestyle Medicine in the Midst of a Pandemic, authored by RLMI Board of Directors, Susan M. Friedman, MD, MPH, Carol Hee Barnett, PhD, JD, and Ted D. Barnett, MD was published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. An excerpt from the paper’s abstract: Patients with chronic conditions are at higher risk of complications and mortality if they get COVID-19. Approximately half of American adults have at least 1 condition that increases their risk of complications if they become infected. The medical and public health communities need to send a clear message about the impact of lifestyle on
health, particularly in the time of this pandemic. We need to communicate with patients and the public, to let them know how rapidly major lifestyle changes can improve health. This communication is urgent; the timeline for self-care and lifestyle medicine interventions has been telescoped, so that chronic diseases are now acute risk factors.

AMA Calls for Dietary Guidelines To Indicate ‘Meat and Dairy Products Are Optional’ To Fight Health Disparities

Going Plant Based can mitigate the risk of health disparities, according the American Medical Association. In a letter dated Aug. 13, 2020, the AMA wrote: “The AMA supports culturally responsive dietary and nutritional guidelines and recognizes that racial and ethnic disparities exist in the prevalence of obesity and diet-related diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Dairy and meat products are promoted in federal nutrition policies even though they are not nutritionally required. The AMA notes that Black Americans are at particularly high risk for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and cardiovascular mortality, and prostate and colorectal cancers are strongly linked to dairy, processed meat, and red meat consumption. Such products also contribute to cardiovascular risk and are not nutritionally indicated for all diets. Accordingly, the AMA recommends that the DGAC clearly indicate in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) that meat and dairy products are optional, based on an individual’s dietary needs.” Read more.

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is Committed to Fighting Systemic Racism

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine is dedicated to addressing the root causes of disease. Structural inequities and racism increase the risk of chronic illness, and social determinants of health have contributed to poor outcomes in communities of color. As medical providers and as human beings, we want to eradicate racism and the damage it causes. Our goal is to make lifestyle medicine and sustainable healthcare options available to all.

Dr. Michael Greger, creator of Nutritionfacts.org, to speak on weight loss at RLMI (virtually)

As part of the Lifestyle as Medicine Lecture Series, Dr. Michael Greger a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues will be RLMI’s guest speaker on Thursday, September 24, starting at 5:30 PM, on the Groundbreaking Science on Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss. Dr. Greger will conduct a live Q&A from 7:00 – 7:30 PM, all via Zoom. Click to register.