Loma Linda University and Western University of Health Sciences are Medical Schools Championing the Cause to Advance Lifestyle Medicine

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine announced today Loma Linda University and Western University of Health Sciences as inaugural medical schools to join as Founding Members of ACLM’s Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable

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We are honored and delighted to welcome Loma Linda University and Western University of Health Sciences to our roundtable and are excited about the power of our collaborative efforts to help add years to lives, and life to years.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the nation’s medical professional association representing physicians, healthcare practitioners and hospital executives dedicated to a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare, today announced that both Loma Linda University and Western University of Health Sciences have joined as Founding Members of ACLM’s Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable, representing the first two medical schools to join this prestigious body.

"A formal relationship between leading academic institutions that are advancing the field of lifestyle medicine, and the College, makes perfect sense, and is in the interests of both - and the public at large,” said ACLM President David Katz, MD, MPH. “We are honored and delighted to welcome Loma Linda University and Western University of Health Sciences to our roundtable and are excited about the power of our collaborative efforts to help add years to lives, and life to years."

Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health explained, “Our faculty and alumni have been involved with ACLM from its very beginning. It is gratifying to see this important organization take this next step toward promoting lifestyle medicine as an integral part of medical education across the country. In today’s world of population health initiatives, lifestyle medicine is finally being seen as one of the most strategic ways to impact our nation’s health.”

ACLM’s Corporate Roundtable is comprised of lifestyle medicine thought leaders representing healthcare delivery system stakeholders, as well as providers of products and services that are committed to the cause of lifestyle medicine. The roundtable provides a platform for engagement with ACLM leadership and partners in charting strategy around key lifestyle medicine initiatives, including a campaign to call out the urgent need for reimbursement of intensive therapeutic lifestyle medicine interventions, as well as a campaign to heighten awareness about lifestyle medicine being a vital solution in addressing healthcare sustainability.

“Education is central to health promotion and the practice of lifestyle medicine,” said Dr. Gary Gugelchuk, interim president of Western University of Health Sciences. “The involvement of our College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in the work of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine serves to advance that practice, both as a component of the curricula of our health professions education programs and in the patient communities we serve.”

About Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,600 students located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Eight schools make up the University organization: Allied Health Professions, Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Religion. More than 55 programs ranging from certificates of completion and associate in science degrees to doctor of philosophy and professional doctoral degrees are offered. Students from more than 80 countries around the world and virtually every state in the nation are represented in Loma Linda University’s student body.

About Western University of Health Sciences
Western University of Health Sciences, located in Pomona, Calif. and Lebanon, Ore., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine. WesternU is home to the Patient Care Center, where the best in collaborative health care services is offered. The Chronicle of Higher Education named WesternU a Great College to Work For in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
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, striving to rein in the 80% or more of our nation’s healthcare spending tied to the treatment of lifestyle-related disease. Visit http://LifestyleMedicine.org and join the movement to redefine healthcare.

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