Until now, emotional well-being has not been addressed consistently as a crucial factor in health promotion and disease treatment.
AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) May 03, 2018
In the world of health care, where limited attention is given to emotional well-being or happiness, there’s increasing evidence that social connectedness, positivity and resilience are critical to improving health outcomes.
On May 6 to 7, in the inaugural meeting of its kind on this topic, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) will convene the “Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care” in partnership with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. Experts will recommend strategies for emphasizing emotional well-being as health systems shift increasingly toward value-based care.
“Until now, emotional well-being has not been addressed consistently as a crucial factor in health promotion and disease treatment,” says Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, Chair of the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee at ACLM. “This element of a healthy lifestyle is as important as eating healthy, being physically active, and not smoking. The increasing burnout rate among physicians also speaks to the need to address this factor for both patients and providers,” Lianov says.
Keynotes include Lifestyle Medicine pioneer Dean Ornish, MD, and social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, PhD.
At the Summit, health care innovators, lifestyle medicine and positive psychology experts, clinicians and other stakeholders will work together to determine how both workers and patients can engender true and lasting habit change. By integrating scientifically proven activities that increase emotional, mental, physical health and lifespan, people can build resilience and even flourish. Recommendations will be shared in health settings. The goal is to launch an emotional wellbeing movement that includes innovative provider training, tools and support.
“Physical health is deeply affected by emotional states,” says Carrie Barron, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Creativity for Resilience Program at Dell Med. “By learning to manage emotional states well, there’s a great deal we can do for prevention, recovery and overall health,” Barron says.
The invitation-only event will feature panel discussions and engage participants, each representing the spectrum of key stakeholders (see https://www.lifestylemedicine.org/summit).
Media: You are invited to attend! Drs. Ornish and Barron are available for interviews on Monday, May 7 at 9:45 a.m. Dr. Lianov will be available at noon. Please contact Jean Tips at 214-240-1872 if you plan to attend and would like to arrange an interview.
Who: Health care innovators, lifestyle medicine and positive psychology experts, clinicians
What: Inaugural “Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care”
When: May 6, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and May 7, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Health Learning Building Auditorium, 1501 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712
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. Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent.
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. Join today at [http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org. Visit http://LMConference.org for details about the CME-accredited Lifestyle Medicine 2018 conference, with the theme of "Real Health Care Reform," set for October 21-24 in Indianapolis, IN.