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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.

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.


Imagine the impact of diet and lifestyle on the human condition if knowledge were power; now consider the toll associated with failing to use that power. This keynote address will look closely at the body of evidence relating dietary pattern to human health and make the case that we are NOT clueless about the basic care and feeding of our species. Endless debate about the details of optimal diets, and an insatiable pop culture fascination with scapegoats and silver bullets, distract us from the well-known fundamentals of healthful eating and forestall the stunning advances in public health that would ensue were we to turn what we know into what we do. Dr. David Katz will make the case that lifestyle is the best, readily available medicine and culture could be the spoon that helps it go down. In the service of adding years to lives and life to years, learn what can be done to leverage lifestyle in both clinical and cultural settings.


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.


Over 40% of men over the age of 50 will suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) or hypogonadism and these conditions often co-exist in many men. Clinicians should be aware of the new 2018 American Urologic Association (AUA) ED guidelines and how the paradigm of ED treatments has now changed. In addition, over the past 5 years there have been numerous controversies with the diagnosis and management of hypogonadism. Clinicians should be aware of these controversies and should be familiar with the new 2018 AUA and Endocrine guideline on testosterone therapy.

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.

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.


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.).

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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.


Primary care health providers play an important role in getting patients to adopt healthy behaviors and make positive lifestyle changes. Learn to apply patient-centric communication strategies such as open-ended questioning, affirmations and reflective listening to get patients to initiate changes.