An effort on lifestyle medicine in the US has included Rochester Regional Health at its newest member.
The effort includes 20 health systems within the US, with RRH as one of the founding members.
The focus of the lifestyle medicine is on the treatment, reversal and prevention of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
The aim of the effort is to create better ways to include lifestyle medicine as part of the American healthcare. However, the effort is challenged by the fact that the lifestyle medicine is a new concept especially in the medical field.
“We’re really MacGuyver-ing the whole system,” said Dr. Kerry Graff of Rochester Regional Health Family and Lifestyle Medicine. “We’re taking the system we have, and then we can kind of see the system we need to have, and then we’ve got the tools we have at hand – and how do we move from where we are to where we need to be with the tools we have at hand?”
Graff moreover stated the lifestyle medicine can also focus on diet and food, or other aspect like stress, sleep and depression. According to her, the adequate motivation is important, whereas the risk of health issues doesn’t last too long to make the lifestyle changes go forward.
“What works in the long run for people to make healthy behavioral challenges is to focus on what they love and what they want to be healthy for,” she said. “That’s almost my number one job when I’m working with patients, but that’s not something any of us get taught in medical school.”
“The good news,” she further added, “is the body is inherently a self-healing mechanism. When we give it was it needs and we stop flogging it, usually it can fix itself.”