Community Lifestyle Interventions

Community Lifestyle Interventions

Lifestyle interventions in community settings will consists of the same 4 weeks/6 sessions as the clinical, interventions but they will be conducted in community settings such as churches, social clubs and other community organizations.  The organization will pay for the service.  Unlike the clinic sessions, community members will not need a medical diagnosis to participate.  Groups who are interested in having Lifestyle Interventions at their facility must have plans for sustaining the healthy behaviors after the 4-week intervention is over.  Plans for sustaining healthy behaviors would include monthly group meetings where mostly plant-based meals are served and health topics are discussed.  Community members who have medical diagnoses will be advised to follow-up in the Optimal Health clinic.

Occupational Health Interventions

Lifestyle interventions in the occupational setting will consist of the same 4-week/6 sessions as the clinical interventions but they will be conducted in occupational settings.  Company will pay for the service for their employees.  Unlike the clinical interventions, employees will not need a medical diagnosis to participate.  The company will need plans for sustaining the healthy behaviors after the 4 weeks are over.  Employees with medical diagnoses will be encouraged to follow-up in the Integrative Medicine clinic.

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What to expect for you follow-up Lifestyle interventions/shared medical visits:

The lifestyle intervention consists of 4 weekly 2-hour shared medical visits that are covered by health insurance. These visits will include:

  • Vital signs are obtained at each visit and specific clinical health indicators will be obtained depending on the patient’s diagnosis.
  • Patients will meet in groups to discuss their health problems and challenges with adopting healthy lifestyles.

 

The 2-hour lifestyle intervention sessions will have the following format:

First 30 minutes:

  • Your vital signs will be checked and recorded.
  • Samples of food from the recipes on your meal plans for the week will be provided.
  • You will complete a brief follow-up visit questionnaire about your current health status.

 

40 minutes:

  • You and other group members will “check-in.”
    You will discuss your responses to the follow-up visit questionnaire.
  • Only share information that you feel comfortable about sharing with the physician and your treatment team.

 

40 minutes:

  • There will be a presentation or mental health screening or fitness assessment.

 

10 minutes:

  • You will “check out.”
  • You will give your critique/evaluation of the session and your commitments for the following week.

 

During the 4-week lifestyle intervention, there may be 2 supplemental sessions:

  • Guided shopping session with supermarket/farmer’s market/urban farm tour.
  • Restaurant/eating out session where you will discuss making healthy choices when eating out.

 

The meal plans and recipes used during the Lifestyle Intervention are intended to introduce you to a plant-based diet.  You will be expected to follow this eating pattern for a minimum of 4 weeks.  At the end of the 4 weeks or at any time you choose, you can be referred to a nutritionist who can develop a personalized eating plan for you.

 

After the initial individual consultation and the 4-week lifestyle intervention, you will follow-up on a monthly basis until you have reached your health goals.  At the monthly follow-up sessions, you will be introduced to evidence-based complementary and alternative modalities such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, and yoga.