Lifestyle and Culinary Medicine

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Healthy Lifestyle Changes with Proven Results

Eighty percent of all the diseases experienced by patients in the U.S., such as heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders, are the result of lifestyle choices we make every day. Through our comprehensive and evidence-based lifestyle therapies, we can slow the progress of and even reverse those diseases. Our expertly trained clinicians will collaborate with your primary care and specialist providers to help you live a healthier and more vibrant life.
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Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle medicine is centered on six key areas of daily life that may be influencing or causing health problems in your life. By working together with your primary care and specialist doctors, we identify and help you modify your relationship to each one.

  • Nutrition

    Whole food, plant-forward eating helps your body function at its best. We focus on choosing more foods that are rich in fiber and nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and beans.

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  • Stress Management

    Using healthy coping skills in times of stress has positive effects on the body and mind, including lower blood pressure and increased focus. Our expert providers will help you find the right techniques for you.

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  • Physical Activity

    Consistent physical activity is essential for a healthy body and mind. You don’t need to become a marathon runner. A daily walk is a good activity to get your body moving.

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  • Sleep

    A lack of sleep or poor sleep quality negatively impacts your overall health – including your immune system and decision-making processes. Being exhausted also makes it very difficult to make other healthy changes. We can help identify ways to improve your sleep health.

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  • Relationships & Purpose

    Research shows having healthy relationships and a sense of purpose not only improve the quality of your life, but can also help you live up to 8 years longer. We can help you explore and make changes in this area if needed.

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  • Avoidance of Risky Substances

    Various substances can negatively impact your health. When we have our initial consultation, we will help you identify any potential health risks due to these substances and help you make a plan to minimize risk.

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Our Team

American College of Lifestyle Medicine Health Systems Council - Founding Member

Health Systems Council Founding Member

ACLM’s Health Systems Council (HSC) brings together leading health systems who are united in the pursuit of healthcare transformation to address chronic disease through the integration of lifestyle medicine. Member health systems collaborate to navigate the multifaceted approaches to systematic adoption and implementation of lifestyle medicine through shared learning and exchange of best practices.
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Community Collaborations

Providers with Rochester Regional Health Lifestyle & Culinary Medicine are fortunate to work together with other organizations and groups to offer a broader and more comprehensive number of services.

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JCC of Rochester

The Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Rochester is one of the most community-oriented organizations in our area. They partner with us for our Wellness Wednesday series, along with other events and classes for JCC members and the community at large. Rochester Regional Health also features a satellite location at the JCC campus, which allows our team to offer wellness screenings and coaching, care navigation and referrals, clinical support, and other services.

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Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Independent from Rochester Regional Health Lifestyle & Culinary Medicine, the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute is a non-profit organization that offers lifestyle medicine education to medical providers and the public. Their flagship programs include the Complete Health Improvement Program, the 15-day Whole Food, Plant-based Jumpstart, and a facilitated version of the Lift Program.

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The Lift Project

Clinically shown to boost mood and well-being by 30 percent, the Lift Project is a multi-session program focused on developing ‘happiness habits’ featuring a fun and enlightening video about the habit to be practiced each week. This self-led program is educational and should not replace the advice of your physician or personal care from your primary care provider.

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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

By promoting plant-based eating, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) aims to improve overall health and prevent disease. With virtual educational opportunities, recipes, shopping lists, and suggestions on how to substitute food ingredients, PCRM has a wealth of resources to get you started on a path toward better health.

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Programs & Resources

Beginning to change your lifestyle is no easy feat. We offer a range of workshops, classes, programs, recipes, and other offerings to start you on your way to a more whole way of living – ranging from nutrition to mindfulness and stress reduction.

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Provider Education

Our Lifestyle and Culinary Medicine team has put together a list of free, non-commercial, nutrition and lifestyle focused continuing education, all available online.

Resources for Providers

Start Living a Healthier Life

Changing how we eat, drink, and move can have significant effects on our physical and mental well-being. If you are ready to transform your health, Rochester Regional Health’s Lifestyle Medicine team is here. We want to help you be a healthier you.
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