Healthcare Leaders to Gather Near Washington D.C.for Lifestyle Medicine 2013: The Treat the Cause Movement Begins

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Stellar line-up of speakers confirmed and tentative schedule set for American College of Lifestyle Medicine annual conference.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the first national specialty society for clinicians emphasizing the use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine's (ACLM) annual conference, entitled The Treat the Cause Movement Begins, will feature a stellar line-up of keynoters and session presenters who will address some of today's hottest topics in the lifestyle medicine profession.

The event will take place October 28 – 30, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia, located just outside Washington D.C. It has already gathered the support of a growing number of sponsors, exhibitors and related professional organizations that embrace and promote collaborative patient-provider relationships and positive, evidence-based lifestyle changes as the basis for health care.

An information rich selection of expert panel presentations, scientific sessions, plenaries, keynote presentations and workshops will be available to all conference participants. Here's a look at some of the activities and presenters confirmed to date:

The conference keynote, entitled Lifestyle Medicine: Our Time Has Come, will be presented by Dean Ornish, MD, president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Ornish is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 35 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery.

An expert panel presentation presented by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine will include David Katz, MD, the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center and president elect of ACLM; Wayne Dysinger, ACLM past president and a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force for the American College of Preventive Medicine; and, Steve Blair, PED, professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

Sessions throughout the two days will feature some of the world's top lifestyle medicine leaders including:

Liana Lianov, MD, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM).

James Rippe, MD, the founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, and professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida.

John McDougall, MD, a board-certified internist, author of 11 national best-selling books, the international on-line “McDougall Newsletter,” host of the nationally syndicated television show “McDougall M.D.,” and medical director of the 10-day, live-in McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA.

Dee Edington, PhD, the founder and professor of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center and director of the Center until June 2011.

Mark D. Faries, PhD, assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jay Olshansky, PhD, professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and research associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, past president of the staff of Cleveland Clinic and member of the board of governors of Cleveland Clinic.

Edward Phillips, MD, founder/director of the Institute for Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard University.

Wes Youngberg, DrPH, assistant clinical professor for the Loma Linda University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Dori Pekmezi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Robert Whittaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

Michael Gregor, MD, and author of Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America’s Low Carb Craze.

The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine will present scientific panels on these topics:

  • Motivating People and Exercise
  • Treating Diabetes and Glucose Intolerance with Lifestyle Medicine
  • Applying Psychological Theories to Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

Among the workshop sessions conducted at the conference will be:

  • Initiating and Maintaining Behavior Changes
  • Incorporating Intensive Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes in Your Practice
  • Using Media To Promote Lifestyle Medicine

Sponsors, exhibitors and supporting organizations of the conference will be on hand to share information about the latest resources available to lifestyle medicine professionals and their patients. Sponsors and exhibitors confirmed to date include Full Plate Living; the Lifestyle Medicine Institute/CHIP Program; Thorne Research; Lifestyle Medicine Foundation; Bio-Botanical Research, Inc.; Cyrex Laboratories, LLC; and, OMICS Group. Supporting organizations include Loma Linda University, The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

More than 250 physicians, health care professionals, prominent leaders in lifestyle medicine, supporting organizations, press, politicians, leadership volunteers from throughout the US and other parts of the world and the general public interested in making a difference in their health and the health of others are expected to attend Lifestyle Medicine 2013. For a look at the complete schedule of events confirmed so far, please visit

About Lifestyle Medicine
Lifestyle medicine is based on the use of lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation and a variety of other non-drug modalities in the treatment and management of disease. A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated that lifestyle medicine should be the foundation of treatment for chronic disease. It can be as effective as medication, but without the risks and unwanted side-effects.

About ACLM
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the first national specialty society for clinicians emphasizing the use of lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease. With members across the United States and international membership growing rapidly, ACLM answers the need for quality education, the development of formal certification for the practice of clinical Lifestyle Medicine, and the necessary support and advocacy functions for this new field. ACLM membership is comprised of health care professionals of all types, including primary care physicians, specialists, researchers, professors, students, public spokespersons, hospital administrators, nutritionists, public health professionals and many others.

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