Ohio University's Heritage College Supports Lifestyle Medicine
It is wonderful to know that OU Heritage College supports lifestyle medicine through continued evidence-based research. So much has come out about the impact of lifestyle on our health, leading to many preventable chronic illnesses and deaths.
Researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are working to provide scientific evidence supporting lifestyle medicine as an effective tool for tackling some of the nation’s biggest health problems. A recent study suggests that two intervention programs aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles can have a positive effect on how well participants eat – which could result in lower health care costs.
Chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease are on the rise. Evidence confirms that these conditions can be managed, prevented or even reversed by making lifestyle changes, and physicians are increasingly prescribing nutrition, exercise and stress management. Lifestyle medicine is a specialty that seeks to treat illness and prevent disease through this approach.
In the recently completed research, investigators led by Heritage College faculty member David Drozek, D.O. (’83), tested two intervention programs – the Complete Health Improvement Program and Full Plate Living. The researchers attempted to measure and compare how successful participants were with each of the two programs and how well they adhered to each. Though lifestyle intervention programs typically focus on nutrition education, promotion of physical activity and stress reduction, the Heritage College study looked primarily at the diet component.
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