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The Power of Lifestyle Medicine [1905]

We tend to think of advances in medicine as a new drug, laser, or surgical procedure, something high-tech and expensive. This presentation will discuss the power of comprehensive lifestyle changes, reviewing more than 30 years of research using high-tech, state-of-the-art measures to prove the power of low-tech, low-cost, and often ancient interventions. Also, the lecture will describe proven strategies for motivating people to make and maintain comprehensive lifestyle changes as well as how to personalize a way of eating and living based on an individual’s needs, genes, and preferences. Finally, the presentation will describe many of the health policy implications of comprehensive lifestyle changes as both medically effective and cost effective.

Faculty: Dean Ornish, MD

Faculty Disclosures: This speaker has no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Recognize successful strategies for motivating people to make and maintain comprehensive lifestyle changes
  2. Describe the evidence from randomized controlled trials showing that chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by making comprehensive lifestyle changes
  3. Describe evidence showing that comprehensive lifestyle changes may affect gene expression

CME/CEU Credits:
  1. Physicians: maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  2. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation.
Physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content and complete the activity evaluation, followed by the post-test online during the subscription period.

This course is CME-eligible for a 2-year period ending on June 24, 2022. After the two-year time period, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.