Midwest Annual Conference

Rosemont, IL | October 10-13, 2018

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Lifestyle is the Medicine; What's the Spoon?


This talk will first examine what the impact of diet and lifestyle COULD BE on the human condition if knowledge were power. It will then consider the toll associated with our failure to use what we know. The talk will then 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. The case will be made that lifestyle is the best, readily available medicine; and culture could be the spoon that helps it go down. This talk will also address what can be done to leverage lifestyle, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years, in both clinical, and cultural settings.

Learning Objectives

Acquire some specific tools to address lifestyle medicine in the context of primary care

Gain insights into the dual roles of clinical and cultural settings in influencing uptake of lifestyle as medicine


David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential r...

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