Establishing Lifestyle Medicine Clinical Programs
The practice of Lifestyle Medicine requires facilitating therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC). Patients frequently do best, however, when an intensive induction component for that lifestyle change (intensive therapeutic lifestyle change or ITLC) is implemented. This workshop describes methods of incorporating ITLC programs into a typical clinical practice. It specifically reviews formats, personnel, finances, program components, and implementation challenges and successes. Four specific ITLC programs (diabetes reversal, memory retention, cancer recovery and periodic fasting) are reviewed and how each can be implemented is discussed. A template that guides participants through ITLC development and implementation in a practical and hands on way will be utilized. Tools, materials and resources for group visit implementation will be distributed during the workshop.
- Define the difference between therapeutic lifestyle change (TLC) and intensive therapeutic lifestyle change (ITLC)
- Review the literature discussing the benefits of various types of ITLC programs
- Discuss the personnel and other resource components required to successfully implement ITLC programs in your practice
- Describe four specific ITLC programs (diabetes reversal, memory retention, cancer recovery and periodic fasting) that work well in a typical practice
- Understand approaches to make ITLC programs economically viable in your practice