Research has established significant links between an array of factors that primary care physicians can address and a lower risk of chronic disease. The AAFP is collecting relevant information across a range of these topics to support your patient conversations.
Family physicians are ideally positioned to champion and prescribe lifestyle medicine in the clinic. They can also work collaboratively with community health professionals to help patients sustain healthy behaviors over time.
Lifestyle medicine focuses on five main domains: connectedness, movement, nutrition, recovery, and substance use. When addressing all domains together, lifestyle medicine can address multiple chronic diseases simultaneously.