Lifestyle Medicine Training for Primary Care Providers
Mississippi ranks above national average with a 40.8% prevalence of obesity, a major risk factor for the development of cardio-metabolic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. While most cardio-metabolic disease prevention and treatment programs focus on nutrition and physical activity education, a more comprehensive and integrative approach is needed for sustainable lifestyle behavior change that promote and preserve good health.
The UMMC Healthy Lifestyle ECHO Program facilitates a collaborative discussion of evidence-based assessment and treatment guidelines for cardio-metabolic diseases through 6 interactive, monthly sessions. Each session features a lifestyle medicine specialist from UMMC and an MSU extension service agent. Through this collaboration, participants receive real-time recommendations on how to implement healthy lifestyle coaching with their patients as well as connect them to available community resources.
ECHO topics include:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Physical Activity
- Stress/ Mental Health
- Sleep Health
- Strategies to address the relapsing patient
How ECHO works:
The Health Lifestyle ECHO program is hosted via the ZOOM video conferencing platform. It is held on the first Monday of the month from 7 pm to 8 pm CST. Providers are encouraged to submit cases to discuss once they register as a participant.
Meet the Healthy Living ECHO Program team:
- Joshua Mann, MD, MPH, Chair, UMMC Preventive Medicine
- Josie Bidwell, DNP, FNP-C, DipACLM, Clinical Director, UMMC Preventive Medicine
- Lauren Turner, NP, UMMC Preventive Medicine
- Gillian Goodloe, MS, CHES, Program Coordinator – Community and Prevention, UMMC Preventive Medicine
- David R. Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH, FGSA, State Health Specialist, MSU Extension
For more information or to register, contact Gillian Goodloe at firstname.lastname@example.org.