Today, so many chronic health conditions – heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and others – are caused in large part by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. That’s why we practice lifestyle medicine, which assists patients in making smarter decisions, with the goal of better overall health. We know that negative effects on your health can often be prevented by engaging in certain behaviors, including:
- Being physically active
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting adequate sleep
- Managing stress
- Not smoking and avoiding other risky substances
- Forming and maintaining relationships
Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach that focuses on promoting positive lifestyle behaviors to prevent, treat and manage chronic diseases. Upon identifying the lifestyle-related causes of disease, lifestyle medicine works to modify the behaviors associated with those conditions.
Why consult a lifestyle medicine physician?
Our lifestyle medicine physician, Dr. Penny Stern, addresses a range of medical issues and works with you to develop a customized action plan to help you adopt and sustain behaviors that positively impact your quality of life. With the right information, you’re on your way to better health.