Welcome to the new Lifestyle Medicine page!
We want to empower you to achieve your best health and wellness using the tools of lifestyle medicine. You’ll find resources on how to take care of yourself in mind and body, and how to eat and cook plant-strong, with support from Kaiser Permanente’s professional coaches and providers.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine uses evidence-based therapeutic approaches to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease. It is a distinct field of medicine aimed at treating the root cause of most of our modern diseases, of which, most are caused by lifestyle. By working in partnership with your Lifestyle Medicine health care team, you’ll have more control over your health by making lifestyle changes, may be able to decrease your need for prescription medications, and best of all, feel healthier and have more energy. (Kelly, J., Shull, J., Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine: The Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Manual, 2019. pg: 15)
Key elements are:
- Whole food, plant-based diet
- Physical activity
- Stress management and emotional wellness
- Smoking cessation and avoiding risky substance abuse
- Positive psychology and connectedness
Online strategies and support
Get one-on-one help for making healthy lifestyle choices.
Learn new recipes and cooking techniques with the KPSF Director of Culinary Medicine, Dr. Linda Shiue.