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Edward Philips, founder and director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School reviews the basics of resistance training, including the effects of resistance training on muscle mass and metabolism, trends in resistance training in 2015, and recommendations for the frequency, intensity, duration and types of resistance training that are most beneficial for patients.


The Benefits of Exercise

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Exercise and physical activity are an underappreciated modality in clinical medicine. Yet appropriately assessing patient’s physical activity levels and prescribing exercise can have profound effects for the prevention, treatment and reversal of common non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. This activity will review the impact of adequate physical activity in lowering all-cause mortality, prevalence of non-communicable diseases and health care costs. Dr. Phillips will discuss methods to assess Physical Activity Vital Signs and to negotiate and write simple exercise prescriptions. The rapidly evolving literature on sedentary behavior will be addressed and simple interventions to increase daily physical activity will be introduced.

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While patients are always encouraged to live a “healthy lifestyle,” many do not know what that means. This session will present the basics of a healthy lifestyle, including recent evidence supporting a dietary modifications, exercise program, medication, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and stress reduction techniques for primary prevention.


Scientific studies have shown how we can incorporate simple habits to improve our health and live longer. Dr. Chopra will review this body of evidence in an engaging and interactive way. Do we have a set point for happiness? Can we increase it? He will discuss the research on happiness and show his reflections on how living with purpose is the foundation for sustained happiness and joy.


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.


Power Foods for the Brain


Most clinicians are familiar with the role of nutrition in obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular health, but many may not realize that nutrition can also influence the brain, particularly the risk of Alzheimer's Disease. This presentation includes scientific findings on the role of fats, vitamins, and certain metals on brain health. Studies provide important clues as to which foods are helpful and which are harmful. There are also important roles for aerobic exercise and sleep.

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William Osler said that the practice of medicine is an art and that there is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation. In this activity, Dr. Mangione uses examples from the world of art to demonstrate medical findings and conditions. Watch this activity to develop your Visual Thinking Strategy to improve your observation skills and learn how to apply them in the diagnosis and care of your patients.


Dr. Lindquist will address a new movement in Geriatrics called "Lifespan Planning" or "4th Quarter Planning.” Different than end-of-life, lifespan planning helps seniors and their families plan for the 5-20 years before death (e.g. 70 y/o, 80 y/o, 90 y/o), as seniors experience progressing disability and increasing home needs. A freely available online tool ( will be discussed to help seniors and their families complete lifespan planning, linking them to local and national services (e.g. caregivers, area agencies on aging, social services, etc.).

three generations of aging

Dr. Nemeroff will review the signs of aging, along with diseases and conditions that cause behavioral changes in this population. He will discuss some common myths about aging and how to combat these via judicious use of resources available to a primary care practitioner.


In this lecture, Dr. Wurm will review recent studies on nutrition and integrative pediatrics including ones on dietary interventions, exercise programs and meditation. Effective strategies to implement these into practice to reduce pediatric obesity will be discussed.

Healthy Habits

Dr. Domino addresses several questions relevant to primary care providers regarding treating infections in children, obesity, diet and exercise. He also reviews new information on dietary supplements and lists suggestions for lifestyle for managing obesity.

Childhood Obesity

The rate of childhood obesity has reached almost epidemic proportions in the recent years. Dr. O’Connor will review the current guidelines from health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, regarding screening, assessments and recommendations for lifestyle behaviors associated with childhood obesity and appropriate screening for obesity-related medical conditions among youth. She will discuss evidence- based behavioral change strategies for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity that can be employed in pediatric primary care clinics.