Women’s Health: A Foundational Approach to Lifestyle Medicine – ACLM Women’s Health Working Group Panel
Women’s health is the foundation of all health, both globally, and individually, to everyone who has (or has been) a mother. Before we took our first breath, the epigenetic influence of diet and lifestyle in utero made a lifelong impact on each of us. Across the lifespan, promoting and improving the health of women truly is the foundation for all health.
In 2017, ACLM called for partners to build a working group across the spectrum of Women’s Health practitioners. As of February 2018, there are 28 working group members and 9 subcommittees charged with the myriad of issues women and those who care for them face. Today’s panel will present the foundations of our work, recognize challenges we face and seek audience input on priorities for research, education and collaboration with other health care organizations.
As many professions care for women, we invite and encourage each of those professions and perspectives on Women’s Health including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Physicians, Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Lactation Consultants, Physical Therapists, Wellness Coaches, Health Care Management and more. Please do come and bring your perspective to shape our future work.
Our panel will present an overview of the work we have done to date, and our subcommittee chairs will introduce one of the top issues they face.
Key topics include:
What are current lifestyle medicine guidelines for pregnancy (including WFPB nutrition, exercise, vitamins/supplements)
How can women prevent, defeat and thrive after breast and reproductive tract cancers?
How can we optimize physical and emotional health during and after menopause?
Can lifestyle medicine address disparities in health care for underserved communities of women?
How does lifestyle impact women’s social and emotional well being? What should all providers know?
Pediatric and Adolescent caregivers can impact a lifetime of women’s health. Where can we intervene?
Metabolic Syndrome impacts Women’s risk of PCOS, Gestational Diabetes and the Hypertensive Disorders of pregnancy. How can we recognize and reverse these changes?
How can lifestyle medicine support women who choose to breastfeed?
What tenets of lifestyle medicine can be incorporated into preconception health screening and counseling?
Following the panel discussion, we seek to engage audience participation with both direct and written Q and A on their priorities for and invite participation in our future work.
- Examine the opportunities Lifestyle Medicine brings to women across the lifespan from fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding to the menopausal transition.
- Appreciate the benefits of lifestyle changes to reduce cancers uniquely challenging to women.
- Discuss the challenges of bringing lifestyle medicine to well women’s care.