The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced that TrueNorth Health Center, a medically supervised, water-only fasting facility, has earned Certified Lifestyle Medicine Program designation.
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced that TrueNorth Health Center, a medically supervised, water-only fasting facility, has earned Certified Lifestyle Medicine Program designation. The designation recognizes, supports and encourages the adoption of evidence-based health intervention programs that meet rigorous review requirements and standards for offering lifestyle modification to address chronic disease.
Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Lifestyle medicine-certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections—also provides effective prevention for these conditions.
For nearly 40 years, TrueNorth Health Center has helped more than 20,000 people regain their health. The Center, located in Santa Rosa, California, was founded in 1984 by Drs. Alan Goldhamer and Jennifer Marano to teach patients healthful living practices. This involved encouraging an exclusively whole plant food diet without the addition of SOS (salt, oil and sugar), as well as respecting the need for sleep and exercise. The approach they established offers participants the opportunity to obtain evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of problems.
The staff at TrueNorth Health Center includes physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, research scientists and other health professionals. They have extensive experience in the evaluation and conservative management of high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and a wide range of other health conditions. The Center is now the largest residential facility in the world that specializes in medically supervised, water-only fasting.
Participants come to the Center to fast and heal, lose weight, and make diet and lifestyle changes while enjoying a health-promoting diet derived from whole natural foods. It is a unique place to rest, to rejuvenate, and to learn to achieve optimum health.
The long-term health benefits of water-only fasting are often dependent on dietary and lifestyle modifications. In order to facilitate these changes, TrueNorth offers extensive educational programs dealing with diet, food preparation, exercise, proper body use, stress management, sleep, and psychology. These programs are presented in the form of audio and videotapes, live lectures, demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, and individual consultations. Meals are prepared from fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the Center's own organic gardens whenever possible.
The ACLM program certification designation is based on evidence including data on program outcomes.
"ACLM is proud to recognize TrueNorth Health Center as a certified lifestyle medicine program," said ACLM President Beth Frates, MD, DipABLM, FACLM. "Its residential, intensive lifestyle medicine program has been shown to help thousands truly change their lifestyle and the course of their disease."
True North is the sixth program to earn certification designation from ACLM. The others are: Pivio (formerly the Complete Health Improvement Program), Chanwuyi Lifestyle Medicine Program, The Lift Project, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute's 15-Day WFPB Jumpstart and Full Plate Living.
ABOUT ACLM--The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is the nation's medical professional society advancing lifestyle medicine as the foundation for a redesigned, value-based and equitable healthcare delivery system, leading to whole person health. ACLM educates, equips, empowers and supports its members through quality, evidence-based education, certification and research to identify and eradicate the root cause of chronic disease, with a clinical outcome goal of health restoration as opposed to disease management.
SOURCE American College of Lifestyle Medicine