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Understanding the Opportunity in Lifestyle Medicine is the first in a series of 10+ courses on exploring the application of Lifestyle Medicine in your personal practice with patients and building a successful model for your facility. The curriculum was created with the American Medical Association’s Model of Physician Competencies for prescribing Lifestyle Medicine. The course also provides specific insight into the Vital Signs of a healthy lifestyle and the conditions they impact. Physical Activity and exercise and the evolving role of physical therapy is illuminated.
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, is President/Consultant of Steffes & Associates, a rehabilitation consulting service. She provides consulting services to rehab providers nationwide, enabling countless providers to achieve optimum success in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care to their patients/clients. Dr. Steffes is also has extensive clinical experience and educational background in pediatric and adult…
2. Lifestyle Medicine and the Healthcare Spending Curve
This chapter discusses the emerging role of Lifestyle Medicine and its financial implications for health care, business, and the individual.
3. Understanding the Role of Exercise & Activity in Lifestyle Medicine
Chapter Three explores the most recent research literature that supports the role of exercise and activity in health promotion. The need for baseline testing and the vital role of an “exercise prescription” accompanied by coaching and monitoring are discussed.
Insurance Companies have little motivation to create incentives and a culture of health for their subscribers. However, forward-thinking corporations and employers recognize the best way to control health care costs is to create an environment that values a healthy lifestyle for all employees. This course will discuss how rehabilitation professionals can take their expertise into a corporate environment and create a total worker wellness program that partners with employees from pre-hire to retire. This is the fourth course in a series of five courses on Lifestyle Medicine for your facility.
Medical Fitness allows rehab professionals to expand and position their practice to effectively service the health care industry’s growing focus on disease prevention. Many health care professionals are taking steps to protect their interests and take advantage of a changing paradigm. Rehab professionals are uniquely positioned, and educated, to deliver a preventative medical fitness and lifestyle management service. In order to deliver a viable and meaningful medical fitness health and wellness service, physical therapists and occupational therapists need to step out of the traditional business model and expand their intervention footprint. This course will describe the steps to starting a medical fitness lifestyle management service in the rehab setting. This is the third course in a series of five courses on Lifestyle Medicine for your facility.
Your Healthcare Team Opportunity in Lifestyle Medicine is the second in a series of courses designed to introduce and build both understanding and resources to create a Lifestyle Medicine program in your practice setting. This course clearly outlines the skill set needed. The presentation identifies those skills that are already a part of the physical therapist’s practice and those needed for development or to access through collaboration. It explores a few specific models of implantation for your consideration. The Lifestyle Medicine Series will provide comprehensive instruction, tools and resources to strengthen your skills and fill the gaps!
Brainy health and fitness through Lifestyle Medicine is an evidence-based approach designed for providers interested in offering a program where prescribed exercise, nutrition and wellness intersect to help people proactively manage their brain health. We will outline the evidence for specific exercise prescription to improve brain health. We will also explore the role of simple nutritional, sleep & stress management wellness education. In addition, we will share the role of brain training and cognitive challenges in creating optimal performance at any age.
Lifestyle medicine is a branch of medicine focused on the research, prevention, and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. Vital signs are a critical component in the medical model of care. To facilitate change, a clinician must be able to know the measurements that objectively document the condition and use those measures as a benchmark for evaluating the success of the intervention. In this course, we will evaluate the key components of assessing lifestyle related disorders and illnesses and recommend key measures that can be integrated into the therapy evaluation and treatment design.