The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits

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Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits

Edward Hallowell, MD

If you want to be happy and healthy for the rest of your life, spend an hour or two with Dr. Frates. If you can’t do that, then buy her cutting-edge handbook, which packs atomic power and does so with love, humor, and inspirational energy. Dr. Frates is on a mission. She wants to save us all from our ignorant habits and free us to be our happiest, healthiest selves. She has the knowledge, skill, and love-of-us-all to do it. She’s a powerhouse coach, like her mother, and for the price of this little lightsaber, you can carry her around with you. What a deal!


Dr. Frates’ knowledge, insights, dedication, and just plain humanity place her in the vanguard of the global lifestyle medicine movement. This handbook is a worthy, signature contribution to the field from this rising leader.

Catherine L. Collings, MD

The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook blends lifestyle medicine knowledge with rich clinical examples through the experienced voice of practitioner Dr. Beth Frates. Seasoned lifestyle medicine practitioners, as well as those individuals who are new to the field, will relish the practical information and inspiration to support their everyday patient care.

Table of Contents Chapter 1: Understanding Lifestyle Medicine Chapter 2: Empowering People to Change Chapter 3: Collaborating Motivating, Goal-Setting, and Tracking Chapter 4: Improving Health Through Exercise Chapter 5: Sleep Matters Chapter 6: Stress and Resilience Chapter 7: Peace of Mind With Meditation, Mindfulness, and Relaxation And More!

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Chapter 3: Collaborating, Motivating, Goal-Setting, and Tracking

Chapter Goals

• Introduce techniques that practitioners can use to empower patients, including change talk with motivational interviewing and finding the positives by using the appreciative inquiry model.

• Provide a history of goal-setting in relation to organizational behavior.

• Review the 5-step model for creating a collaborative coach-patient relationship.

Learning Objectives

• To review goal-setting theory

• To introduce motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, and the social ecological model of change into practice

• To describe SMART goals

• To understand the 5-step model for collaboration and coaching conversations

• To demonstrate collaboration as the key piece of goal-setting

• To appreciate the importance of respecting autonomy when setting goals

Guiding Questions

• Why does it matter whether or not a healthcare provider sets goals with patients?

• What is the difference between a healthcare provider setting a goal for a patient and a healthcare provider co-creating a goal with a patient?

• What is the difference between setting a goal and holding a person responsible for a goal?

• How does tracking progress add value to the behavior-change process?

William Osler, MD: Professor of Clinical Medicine; Co-founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

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Chapter 9: The Power of Connection

Chapter Goals

• Develop an understanding of the concept of social connection.

• Review the connection between being socially connected and health.

• Examine the barriers to connecting with others.

• Explore the premise of loneliness.

• Discuss the notion of social isolation.

• Understand what steps can be undertaken to develop enhanced social connections.

Learning Objectives

• To understand the impact of being socially connected on a person’s health

• To review the factors that contribute to social connection

• To grasp the obstacles to being socially connected

• To become familiar with the differences between loneliness and social isolation

Guiding Questions

• What is social connection?

• What is the impact of a strong social connection on health?

• What factors affect how connected a person is to others?

• What barriers exist to social connection?

• What is social isolation?

• Why does social isolation occur?

• What are the perils of social isolation?

• How can social connection be developed?

E.O. Wilson, PhD Retired Harvard Professor and Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner “To be kept in solitude is to be kept in pain.”

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Chapter 11: Substance Abuse

Chapter Goals

• Understand the key factors involved in substance abuse.

• Recognize why people abuse substances.

• Become aware of the symptoms and signs of various kinds of substance abuse.

• Discern the connection between health and substance abuse.

• Learn basic counseling for individuals who are abusing substances.

Learning Objectives

• To comprehend what substance abuse details

• To be cognizant of why substance abuse is important

• To understand the impact of substance abuse on health

• To learn treatment options for various forms of substance abuse

• To consider possible lifestyle interventions for substance abuse

Guiding Questions

• What is substance abuse?

• What are the signs and symptoms of substance abuse?

• What is the impact of substance abuse on society?

• What is the impact of substance abuse on health?

• What are common ways of treating substance abuse?

• What are barriers to treating substance abuse?

• What techniques can lifestyle medicine practitioners use when dealing with patients

who abuse substances?

Alice Miller, PhD Swiss Psychologist and Psychoanalyst What is addiction? …It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood

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