Most of us don’t consider our health until there is a problem. I have seen this often when patients come into the hospital in crisis because of poor lifestyle choices.
80% or more of all healthcare spending in the U.S. is tied to the treatment of conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices. Chronic diseases and conditions—such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, multiple types of cancer—are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health conditions.
Unfortunately, in a hospital setting, traditional western medicine treatment involves medications (with long lists of side effects).
Often, there is a better approach – it’s called ‘lifestyle medicine’
According to the American College of Lifestyle Medicine:
“Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, alcohol moderation and tobacco cessation, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent.”
I established Coaching for Healthy Living because I saw that the traditional approach to healthcare was not working.
Part of my mission is to work toward empowering people to improve their health and to give them a better quality of life by incorporating the tenets of lifestyle medicine.
In my practice, I start with food and nutrition as a foundation . Food is the gateway to good health ™ and it is an integral pillar of my coaching programs.
Using a lifestyle approach, I also help clients incorporate exercise, good sleep habits, and stress management – all pillars of good mental and physical health.
Lifestyle as medicine has the potential to prevent up to 80% of chronic disease; no other medicine can match that. In addition, it is potentially inexpensive and even cost-saving; free of all but good side effects; safe and appropriate for children and octogenarians alike. It is, quite simply, the best medicine we’ve got.
– ACLM President David Katz, MD, MPH