When you hear the term “medicine,” you probably think of pills, shots or a prescription pad. That’s because this is how the majority of doctors approach health. But, at Prevene®, we do things differently…and, dare we say, better! We practice a new revolutionary type of medical care called lifestyle medicine, which effectively helps to prevent chronic diseases and health disorders, thereby reducing the need for pills and prescriptions later on down the road.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
It should be no surprise to anyone that what we put into our body, how often we move, and the choices we make daily all have a huge impact on our long-term health and wellness. Lifestyle medicine is founded on this precise notion—that everyday behaviors matter, and that they can either negatively or positively affect one’s health.
Specifically, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine defines this new medical specialty as “evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches…to treat, reverse and prevent chronic diseases.”
Simply put, lifestyle medicine means adopting a healthier lifestyle and choosing to make smarter and healthier choices on a consistent basis.
Why is Lifestyle Medicine Important?
As any good primary care doctor or family physician will tell you, our daily life practices impact our overall well-being. In fact, lifestyle choices are often the root cause of many mental and physical dysfunctions and diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Our sleep/wake cycle, what we eat, how/if we move, stress management tactics and our support system/human connection all play a major role in our body’s ability to function properly and impact our overall health.
A New Prescription for Health
At Prevene Wellbeing®, we understand the importance of this lifestyle-mind-body connection which is why we focus on primary prevention and work to educate our patients on interventions that can decrease their chances of acquiring disorders and diseases.
In today’s world of medicine and healthcare, doctors are masters of the science of illness, rather than the science of health. However, evidence has shown that lifestyle behaviors and habits are largely to blame for health problems.
At Prevene Wellbeing®, we focus on correcting detrimental lifestyle behaviors in order to help you feel your best.
Unlike most primary care physicians or doctor’s offices in Scottsdale, we don’t just treat the underlying symptoms of a disease. Using lifestyle medicine, we empower our patients to take proactive measures to stop diseases before they begin, thus promoting a brighter and healthier future.
Our 6-Step Lifestyle Medicine Program
Our innovative and highly effective model of care puts our patients in the driver’s seat of their own health by providing them a six-step wellness plan built on making “healthy” part of their daily lifestyle in order to reduce and prevent chronic diseases.
Step 1: Styku
We begin by taking a 3D body scan using the state-of-the-art Styku body scanner which captures important data on the body and gives us a baseline to evaluate your progress later on.
Step 2: Vital Signs
Next, we check your vitals to gather insight on your current physical health to create a highly personalized plan of action.
Step 3: Lifestyle Screening
To ensure your medical care is as effective as it can be, we work with you to identify any potentially harmful lifestyle habits and replace those unhealthy behaviors with positive ones. Common areas we focus on include sleep, nutrition, physical activity, stress, and relationships.
Step 4: Motivational Counseling
Along with providing our patients with the right tools and resources to make healthy choices, we also incorporate motivational counseling into every patient’s wellness plan because we realize that a positive support system is one of the keys to success.
Step 5: Smart Goal Setting
Likewise, we work with our patients to establish realistic health goals and then measure their progress over time to ensure they stay on track with their wellness objectives.
Step 6: Personalized Wellbeing App
Last but not least, Prevene® offers a convenient and useful wellness app to provide patients with the extra assistance they need on their health journey, which includes daily affirmations, meal plans, a calorie counter, recipes and more!
Contact Prevene® today to find out more about our unique lifestyle medicine program and how it can benefit you!