American College of Lifestyle Medicine to Honor T. Colin Campbell, PhD, During Lifestyle Medicine 2018 Conference in Indianapolis

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine will showcase its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, at its annual awards banquet Oct. 23 during Lifestyle Medicine 2018 in Indianapolis. Winners of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement and Trailblazer awards will also be honored, as will winners of the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award as part of the organization’s largest annual international conference taking place Oct. 21-24 at the JW Marriott.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

"Recognizing the luminaries of our field--names like Ornish, Esselstyn and Campbell--has been an honor for ACLM."

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) will announce its 2018 award winners and spotlight its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, at its annual awards banquet Oct. 23 during Lifestyle Medicine 2018 in Indianapolis. The dinner is part of the organization’s largest annual international conference to date, with a registration of more than 1,100, taking place Oct. 21-24 at the JW Marriott.

Presented by ACLM, the Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed on a Lifestyle Medicine health care pioneer. This award recognizes a significant body of work over a significant span of time that has advanced the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and, in the process, paved the way for others to follow. The award is presented to individuals who have been devoted to the cause of Lifestyle Medicine for half of their lives or more.

Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, was featured in the internationally recognized documentary Forks Over Knives, and is co-author of two groundbreaking works on the effect of nutrition on long-term health, The China Study and WHOLE.

Other past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, since its establishment in 2015, include: author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, a renowned researcher and surgeon who presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute; and Dean Ornish, MD, best-selling author, founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Also to be presented is the 2018 Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award, which recognizes a leader in the field of Lifestyle Medicine who has strengthened the foundation laid by others while advancing it through innovation. Michael Greger, MD, a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, was the 2017 winner. He is a physician, internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues and a New York Times best-selling author of How Not to Die, the Fifteen Leading Causes of Death. He provides freely available nutritional information at NutritionFacts.org.

Past winners of the Trailblazer Award include: Neal Barnard, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; and John Kelly, MD, MPH, Founding President of ACLM and Medical Director for Black Hills Health and Education Center, a residential lifestyle treatment center in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

"Recognizing the luminaries of our field--names like Ornish, Esselstyn and Campbell--has been an honor for ACLM," said ACLM President, George Guthrie, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACLM. "These, who, for decades have been leading the way, are followed by those we're recognizing as trailblazers: Drs. Kelly, Barnard and Greger. We look forward to announcing this year's winners of both the Lifetime Achievement and Trailblazer Awards during our Lifestyle Medicine 2018 conference kicking off next weekend in Indianapolis. We also have the opportunity to recognize four student leaders whom may very well be the Lifestyle Medicine luminaries of tomorrow.”

The 2018 Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Awards, established to encourage leadership in Lifestyle Medicine at the student level for the advancement of this important field of health care, will be presented to: Alexander Buell, MS-III, from the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine in North Haven, CT; Erica Veazey, MS-II, from Brown Medical School in Providence, RI; Kacie Amacher, MS-III, Keck School of Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, CA; and Saul Bautista, MS-IV, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark NJ.

"Recognizing students who have a passion for Lifestyle Medicine and understand that it must become the foundation of all health care was the driving force behind establishing the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award," said ACLM Fellow and Board Member Beth P. Frates, MD. "This award, named in honor of my father, recognizes students who are active in or helping to establish Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups on their respective campuses. These students are the future leaders of our field, so this award celebrates them and supports their efforts to advance Lifestyle Medicine."

Learn more about Lifestyle Medicine 2018 at http://www.LifestyleMedicineConference.org

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional society for those dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine treats, often reverses and prevents chronic disease. It is the combined 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.

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanized force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission 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 root cause of disease. Learn more at http://www.LifestyleMedicine.org.

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