Lifestyle Medicine Week 2020: Summary

Welcome to the last day of Lifestyle Medicine Week 2020!

The mission of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is to establish Lifestyle Medicine, especially the adoption of Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) nutrition, as the foundation for health and the healthcare system.

As you can see from this graphic, Lifestyle Medicine is critical for preventing the most common and costly chronic conditions afflicting our citizens. Learn more about Lifestyle Medicine Week.

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.

Stay well and have fun!

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Lifestyle Medicine Week: Get Moving!

Welcome to Day 7 of Lifestyle Medicine Week!

Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: Physical Activity.

Your body will do what it asks it to do. For optimal health, ask it to “Eat more fruits and vegetables and go outside and run around!” Exercise, especially outdoors, will add more years to your life and more life to your years.

Some days you may be stuck at work or not be able to formally exercise for another reason, but try to get out of breath everyday!
If you can, find some stairs and try walking or running up and down as fast as you can for 5 minutes. Do that a few times a day—it can really make a difference!

Keep moving!

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.

Lifestyle Medicine Week: Managing stress

Welcome to Day 6 of Lifestyle Medicine Week!

Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: Stress Management.

Learning to manage stress is a lifelong endeavor. Practices such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, and prayer can all be powerful stress reducers.

Sometimes just reminding yourself to slow down, be mindful, savor your surroundings, and be in the moment is sufficient.

Stay well,

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.

Lifestyle Medicine Week: Eat Well!

Welcome to Day 5 of Lifestyle Medicine Week!

Today we visit another Lifestyle Medicine pillar: Nutrition.

One of the most important steps you can take to improve your health is to adopt a Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet. Our family (including 3 adult children) has been eating a plants-only diet since 1991—ever since reading the pioneering work of Dr. Dean Ornish.

People who have gone through our programs, including our 15-Day WFPB Jumpstart, often have amazingly rapid improvements in their health—including mood, weight, energy levels, cholesterol, blood sugar, and various symptoms.

Plus, living entirely on plants increases the chances that we will be leaving a healthy planet for future generations!

Eat well and prosper!

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Partner, Borg and Ide Imaging
Board Member, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founder and CEO, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group
Founding President, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is proud to support the critical work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). ACLM recognizes six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle; regular physical activity; restorative sleep; stress management; avoidance of risky substances; and positive social connection. As you can see from our Wellness Wheel, we have added 3 pillars of our own: spending time outdoors, seeking purpose, and finding joy.