Lifestyle Medicine is the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches to prevent, treat and reverse chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity. It focuses on six areas to improve health: healthy eating, physical activity, stress, healthy relationships, sleep and tobacco. Lifestyle Medicine utilizes upstream strategies to identify the root cause of disease rather than treating symptoms.
The Community Free Clinic is piloting a continuum of care for patients with chronic diseases by providing Lifestyle Medicine assessments, prescriptions and referrals to lifestyle activities based on patient needs and interest. Fifty patients per year for the next three years will receive an assessment, prescription and referral. As part of this pilot program, the Community Free Clinic will institute a Lifestyle Medicine policy and workflow creating a systems level change.
By June 30, 2020 the Community Free Clinic expects the following:
*12% increase in number of hypertension patients showing adequately controlled blood pressure.
*20% decrease in number of diabetic patients with uncontrolled A1C levels.
*100% of patients with documented BMI; if outisde of normal parametersm 100% receive documented follow-up plan.
*90% (45/50) patients will enroll in at least one referral activity.
*80% of Healthy Living Program participants will indicate confidence in managing their chronic disease.
*75% of healthy Living Program participants will complete the course.
*80% of patients participating in Cooking and Support Group classes will report improvements in access to healthy foods and food security and confidence in healthy meal planning and preparation.
*95% of patients will report a 95% satisfaction rate.