American College of Lifestyle Medicine Welcomes Healthways and Kashi as Inaugural Founding Members of the Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable

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As the medical professional society for those dedicated to a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) announced today the establishment of the Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable (CRT). The CRT will serve as the forum for organizations, such as inaugural Founding Members Healthways and Kashi, to join with ACLM leaders in designing and implementing strategies to advance the lifestyle medicine movement, ushering in sustainable health and sustainable healthcare.

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ACLM leadership will work together with Healthways and Kashi, and our other CRT members, to advance public awareness, clinical practice, and policy and advocacy issues that will strengthen the shared mission of advancing the cause of lifestyle medicine.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the nation’s medical professional society for physicians, allied health professionals and healthcare executives dedicated to using lifestyle as a therapeutic intervention to prevent, halt the progression of and, often, reverse chronic disease by treating underlying causes, today announced the debut of its Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable (CRT). ACLM is pleased to welcome Healthways and Kashi as its CRT inaugural founding members.

“At Healthways, our mission is to create a healthier world, one person at a time - and in recent years, we have partnered with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to help bring that mission to life,” said Robert G. Porter, manager director of Healthways’ Ornish Reversal Program. “This year, we are proud to announce that we will again be partnering with ACLM as a CRT Founding Member to continue sharing outcomes, generating ideas, and—most importantly—educating the public and clinicians on the transformative power of lifestyle medicine. Dr. Dean Ornish, creator of our Ornish Reversal Program and pioneer of lifestyle medicine, will also be collaborating with Healthways and ACLM in our collective effort to inspire and empower individuals across the world to sustainably improve their well-being.”

80% or more of all healthcare spending pays for the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices. The good news is that science overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of lifestyle medicine. As we find ourselves in the midst of a seismic shift in healthcare, moving from fee-for- service to value and outcome based systems of delivery, lifestyle medicine is being recognized as core to the solution.

“Plant-based nutrition is at the heart of everything we do,” said Kashi Nutritionist Jeff Johnson. “We are so excited to be a part of the Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable, and together we can continue to enable people to achieve a lifestyle of powerful, uplifting health through plant-based foods and to support the health of our planet.”

“ACLM leadership will work together closely with Healthways and Kashi—and our other CRT members—to advance public awareness, clinical practice, as well as policy and advocacy issues that will strengthen the shared mission of advancing the cause of lifestyle medicine for the benefit of all,” explained ACLM President David Katz, MD. “ACLM is convening foresighted leaders who understand what’s at stake if we fail to unite and take action—contrasted by what’s possible by uniting as a force for transformation.”

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine:
ACLM is the professional medical association for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanizing force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective desire to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the cause of disease. For more information, visit http://www.lifestylemedicine.org.

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