About American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the professional medical association for physicians, medical professionals, allied health professionals and those with professional careers devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominately whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, stress management, tobacco and alcohol cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all to prevalent.
American College of Preventative Medicine Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program
This course offers the knowledge and skills that were recommended by a national consensus panel of representatives from several physician and health professional organizations as the basis for providing quality lifestyle medicine services. Topics covered include the fifteen core competencies identified by the panel and published in JAMA (JAMA. 2010;304(2): 202-203) which focus on clinical processes, as well as a review of key modalities in lifestyle medicine: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, coaching, behavior change, tobacco cessation, managing risky alcohol use, and stress management/ emotional wellness.
Monthly groups/topics focus on the 9 core competencies of ACLM. The instructor (medical provider or psycho-therapist) introduce a new approach to a healthier lifestyle targeting each core competency; nutrition, physical activity, sleep, coaching, behavior change, tobacco cessation, managing risky alcohol use, and stress management/ emotional wellness.
For more information about American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the practices at Hope Family Health Center, contact Roxanne Pacheco, LCSW, CLYL at (956) 994-3319. HOPE has established a partnership with the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. ACLM practices to prevent chronic illnesses through a plant based approach.